Police horses return

PUBLISHED: 15:32 29 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:15 31 May 2010

HORSES are to return to the beat in Essex when the police reinstate a mounted section after eight years. Essex Police Authority has decided to reintroduce patrols on horseback and expect the equine crime-fighters to be in service within six months. Robert

HORSES are to return to the beat in Essex when the police reinstate a mounted section after eight years.

Essex Police Authority has decided to reintroduce patrols on horseback and expect the equine crime-fighters to be in service within six months.

Robert Chambers, chairman of the authority, said: "I am pleased we will see the return of a mounted unit.

"Horses will have a huge impact, providing a visible presence on the county's streets and help us to further reduce crime.

"They will be used in both rural and urban areas and will help to ease the fear of crime, providing reassurance to the community."

The police authority hopes that reintroducing horses will support the delivery of neighbourhood policing and tackle anti-social behaviour.

Police officers on horseback are expected to be useful in town centres during weekends and busy evenings.

The previous mounted section was dissolved in 1999 due to costs.

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