cops on horseback set to stay

Shaun Wright, Police Crime Commissioner.
Shaun Wright, Police Crime Commissioner.

Plans to axe South Yorkshire’s dedicated horse unit have been dropped.

South Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner, Shaun Wright, said a decision has been made to keep the stables open.

Pictured (L-R) are PC Kate Leake, Cllr Charlie Wraith, Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, PCC Shaun Wright and PC Ruth Dickens.

Pictured (L-R) are PC Kate Leake, Cllr Charlie Wraith, Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, PCC Shaun Wright and PC Ruth Dickens.

After careful consideration and reviewing all the evidence I decided that it would be best for the public if we maintained our own dedicated mounted section.

“I believe safeguarding the force’s mounted section will help achieve my policing priorities, as the horses improve South Yorkshire Police’s visibility and help reduce crime.

“The chief constable and I believe the mounted section adds value to the police service and are an effective tactic to any police operation.

“Currently the mounted section is used for visibility and public engagement as well as planned events, protests and marches, searches and football matches.

“In these times of austerity, savings have been made. We will also make additional savings through mutual aid.”

South Yorkshire currently has 13 mounted posts, and the unit costs the force around £1 million a year to run.