Pittsburgh Police Mounted Unit is getting a big boost this year. The city police department is adding a new member of their team. But the latest addition is a horse and his name is Guinness. The tall, dark horse has been acquired to help maintain peace and order in the Pennsylvania’s second largest city.
According to the report, the dark and tall horse will now become the newest officer of the Pittsburgh Police Mounted Unit, the city’s main police force. The Pittsburgh Public Safety made the big announcement on their official Twitter account, along with a newly released video about the newly acquired horse.
Guinness, which came from Evans City, is a Paint/Percheron mix bred. This dark horse stands at 17.3 hands high and weighs in at a whopping 1,800 pounds. The Pittsburgh Police force acquired Guinness from his owner with some help and donation from P3Revents, an organization formed for the annual Pittsburgh Marathon.
Guinness is the first of six horses that the city police force is planning to acquire for its newly revamped mounted police patrol. The dark horse is expected to take a big police role when he starts patrolling the streets of Pittsburgh.
The challenge for Pittsburgh Police’s mounted patrol
Acquiring horses for their mounted force has not been an easy task for the Pittsburgh Police department. First, they need to go with the basic requirement, finding six geldings between ages five and 10, along with some police horse training experience. In addition, the Pittsburgh police department also needs to provide some riding lessons for the new police task. In fact, the police department has already assigned eight officers for the task, four riding full time and the other four part-time.
But the biggest challenge for the Pittsburgh Police force is the funding needed to finance the acquisition of the new horses. Wendell Hissrich, Director of Pittsburgh Public Safety, estimated that it would cost around $180,000. Fortunately, the city police department received some help and funding from companies and non-profit organizations.
The news is the latest step in Pittsburgh Police’s plans to revive and beef up its long-gone mounted unit. Earlier this year, the city police department announced plans to bring back a mounted police force unit for the first time since the police department disbanded their mounted unit in 2003 due to some financial difficulties. Guinness is now the new member officer of the Pittsburgh Police Mounted Unit.
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