Follow City of London Police horse Finn on his final patrol before his retirement
Twitter on the beat - Finn
Finn is a highly trained police horse and one of a team of horses at the City of London Police. Working with his rider, Kerry, Finn can be seen out on patrol around the City streets providing a highly visible police presence and helping the force to cut crime.
Take a look back at our Twitter feed of Finn's final patrol
A bit about Finn
Police Horse 56, official name Sellon stable name Finn, is 20 years old and the longest serving police horse in the City of London. Finn will have been a police horse for nearly 14 years. He’s a big boy – standing 17 hands high (a hand being 4 inches) at the shoulder and he’s a breed known as the Irish Draught. He joined the City of London Police aged 7 and had to undergo rigorous training to become a police horse.
He is one of 9 City of London Police horses that can regularly be seen out and about in the City. Once, almost within living memory, the streets of the Square Mile teamed with horses. Virtually every vehicle on the streets of London was horse-drawn and more than 300,000 horses were needed to keep the City on the move, hauling everything from private carriages and cabs to buses, trams and delivery vans. The sight, sound and bustle of these hard-working beasts would have been very common place and a part of everyday life. Now, they have all but disappeared and the horses of the City of London Police are believed to be the last working horses here in the Square Mile.
Finn is excellent at many areas of police work, especially Public Order. He’s been to many demonstrations and football matches and is a regular at any public order event. Finn has travelled all over the UK for various events and has been a regular at high profile and ceremonial occasions from Trooping the Colour to the Lord Mayor’s Show.
Finn has been adopted by a local primary school and works daily in the community providing public reassurance. He is a real gentleman and has the very best stable manners, although he does have a few pet hates including bin trucks and road signs.
Finn’s last patrol before his retirement will be on Tuesday 15th of July. He will then be off to a carefully vetted home where he will be loved and cared for.