New Horses For Mounted Command
Three new horses have been donated to the Providence Police Mounted Command. Seen here is Charlie a 4-year-old Clydesdale coming in at 17.1 hands . . . for now. He may still be growing. John Hill has a nice piece in today’s ProJo “Charlie, Goliath and Perk report for duty” about the latest acquisitions. Other cities have had to cut their horses, but it seems there is still support for the program around here. Lord knows we have budget problems but City Hall seems inclined to maintain a horse patrol. The ProJo article includes a video with Mayor Elorza singing their praises. Of course, generous donors help make this program possible.
Charlie, Goliath and Perk, former farm horses, are beginning, at ages four, eight and eight respectively, new big-city careers in the now eight-horse Mounted Command, said Lt. Michelle Guerette.
Charlie and Perk were donated by Nancy Rankin Scarton in memory of her daughter Margaret “Meg” Rankin while Goliath was a gift from the Nardolillo family, replacing Bad Boy, a horse the family donated in 1997 that died in 2011.
I am always saying that the public relations value of these horses can not be overstated, but they do real police work as well.
Mounted police might seem more for the 1800s or Canada, but Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré said horse-mounted police fill an important 21st century niche. The unit is regularly assigned to funerals, festivals, concerts and, especially, in the Jewelry District when the clubs close and their patrons flood the streets.
Big thanks to Officer Patty Blake who showed me around today (I wrote about Officer Patty Blake and her horse Hooligan just last month). They are both contemplating retirement which will be a huge loss to the department and the people of Providence.
Go here to Meet the Horses.