By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Police Department is no longer saddled with a big problem that had affected its mounted unit: getting around.READ MORE: Several Philadelphia-Area Vaccination Clinics Temporarily Close After FDA, CDC Recommend Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 Vaccine
The mounted unit has 17 horses but had only seven trailers (carrying two horses each), so only 14 could be transported at once.
Now, thanks to a generous donation from the Philadelphia Police Foundation, they have enough wheels for all the hooves.
“We were happy to donate two large trucks and trailers to be able to transport the 17 horses to the streets as quickly as possible,” says foundation president Maureen Rush, “so now, having these additional vehicles allows the mounted patrol to get on patrol or get to an emergency situation quicker.”READ MORE: White House Says Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccine 'Will Not Have A Significant Impact On Our Vaccination Plan'
Two new Ford F-150 trucks and two Eby horse trailers set the foundation back $80,000.
Rush, a former police officer, says the mounted unit, restarted in 2010, is a handy tool is some critical situations.
The Philadelphia Police Foundation has also helped out by providing bulletproof vests and advanced training.
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