In honour of their 20th year, South Simcoe Police are celebrating with the addition of a new ceremonial mounted unit, debuted at their Change Of Command Ceremony. The two horses are commissioned from Briarwood Farm in King Township, at a minimal cost to the force, who also enjoy the support of the community.
“As an agency, we realized the potential of the horses”, said Staff Sergeant Steve Wilson. “They are a great tool for us to engage with our communities.”
The entire cost of the unit is being covered by generous local sponsors for the entire landmark year of 2017, which the service feel make a nice addition, ceremonially.
The Mounted Unit made their debut at Innisfil Town Hall on Tuesday, April 18, as Chief Andrew Fletcher assumed command from retiring Chief Rick Beazley. The pilot project will be assessed over the year, with a possibility of extending them to events over the next few years.
The initiative began with four members of the service expressing interested in being trained to handle and ride the horses, but who already had riding experience. One thing is for sure, they will make a fascinating addition to upcoming Police Week Celebrations starting May 13 in Innisfil and Bradford.
(Attached photo: P.C. Graeme Harbottle aboard Parker with Auxiliary PC Jacquie Papel aboard Hudson)