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Behind the Badge: Animals Helping Out APD

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Government, Police, Albany PD, Mounted Police, Animals, law, crime, safety )

- 3220 days ago -
ALBANY, N.Y.-It's hard to imagine anyone messing with mounted police officers. That's precisely why the APD uses officers on horseback to control big crowds, like the ones you'll see at Alive at Five.

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Dee C (23)
Wednesday June 24, 2009, 8:31 pm
"“A horse can intimidate a crowd without antagonizing it at the same time. We always like to keep a nice crowd nice,” said Sgt. Eric Cotter, Mounted and K9 Unit Supervisor.

Much like their human counterparts, horses are trained for duty. They push a ball to simulate moving a crowd, if they have to.

“Sometimes the presence alone of five mounted officers on police horses will be enough encouragement for people to go home and call it a night,” Cotter said.

They're also trained not to be spooked by loud noises and high stress situations, which helps the mounted officers during traffic stops and on street patrols.

“They can get to areas patrol cars can't. Because of the mounted officer's stature on a horse, they can see a lot farther than an officer in a car,” said Cotter."

Read more at site..see video..

BernadetteP P (72)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 6:38 am

Catherine Turley (192)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 1:59 pm
drug sniffing dogs are one thing, but it's moronic to have dogs run after criminals with guns or knives.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday June 25, 2009, 4:34 pm
Noted , thanks .

Winefred M (88)
Friday June 26, 2009, 10:06 am
Noted thank you Dee.
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