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Currently we have an establishment
of 10 horses.
Horses are selected for their confirmation and temperament. Each
horse is subject to strict vetting procedures and then undertakes 9
to 12 months of training.
Upon selection to the Mounted Branch, officers undertake a basic
equitation course of 16 weeks at Imber Court, the Metropolitan
Police riding school.
During this basic course officers are taught elements of Public
Order tactics, equine welfare and hygiene and of course how to ride
to the standard required.
Once the basic course is completed, officers attend a 2 week
refresher course once a year and undertake in-Force equitation
instruction on an ongoing basis.
Training for the horses is continuous.
The Mounted Branch undertake high profile reassurance patrols of
the City and ceremonial duties such as The Lord Mayor’s show and
Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
All of our ACPO officers ride and were all on horseback in the
2007 Lord Mayor’s Show.
The officers and horses can also be deployed in public order
situations, for example they are used for crowd control at football
matches. Let’s face it who wants to take on a ton of