GRPD to put officers on horseback

Posted at 2:13 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 14:27:22-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police are looking to get on horses.

GRPD announced Tuesday afternoon that the department is partnering with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department in joining the KCSD’s Mounted Unit.

GRPD says that an officer on horseback provides a better vantage point in crowds, are more mobile and creates opportunities to interact with the public.  The department says that for crowd control purposes in heavily populated events, one officer on horseback equals about 12 officers on foot.

Selected officers are attending a two-week basic training course and then will get further training from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office.