Worcester now has mounted police

June 22, 2017 by  

At a recent ceremony, the Worcester Police Department launched its Mounted Patrol Unit.

The Worcester Common Plaza was the site of the festivities, with Joseph M. Petty (Worcester’s mayor), Chief Steven Sargent, and Edward M. Augustus, Jr. (city manager) presiding. The unit is comprised of one lieutenant and seven officers, and was sent on its way with a blessing from Gerry Montiverdis, the Worcester Police Deacon. The patrol is now on duty.

The Massachusetts State Police conducted a 10-week program to train the mounted patrol officers on equine nutrition, equine first aid, and patrol procedures.

The patrol actually graduated from training earlier this year, and treated people who attended the ceremony to a demonstration of their abilities. Among the tactics used by mounted officers are the box formation (which is used to protect injured people) and the wedge formation (which can be used to clear roadways).

City officials said the capabilities of a rider on horseback are important today, when police resources are stretched to the limit. Steve Sargent, Worcester’s police chief, said the fact a rider can see over crowds, and can go where others cannot travel easily are just two examples of how a mounted patrol can have an impact officers on foot, in cruisers, or on motorcycles cannot match.

Agencies like this can benefit if officials work with a brochure printing company, which can create a booklet for residents explaining the new unit.