Mounted Police Officer by djsgjg0045


									In the world of law enforcement, a horse and a human make a winning team. The
most famous mounted police officer may be Dudley Do-Right, a cartoon Canadian
Mountie featured on Rocky and Bullwinkle shows, but in real life there are police
forces all over the globe that rely on horses to get the job done. Australia’s New South
Wales Mounted Police is the oldest continuous mounted police force in the world,
established back in the 1800’s and still riding today. Horses offer unique advantages
to police work, such as an ability to go where vehicles can’t, and their sheer physical
presence discourages many would-be criminals.
  If you’re a horse lover who’s interested in a career in law enforcement, consider a
job as a mounted police officer, but remember that you’ll have to be patient. You must
first become a police officer, and you’ll probably have to spend considerable time,
perhaps years, on the regular force before you can apply for work as a mounted officer.
Even highly urbanized areas such as New York City have mounted police forces, but
horses and job vacancies may be limited. Because of the expenses involved in
purchasing and maintaining horses, most police forces rely on donations of horses, so
direct your police career toward a location with enough horses to support your goals.
  In the meantime, make sure that your riding skills are at their best. In mounted police
work there is an emphasis on training for both the horse and the rider, and those with
better equestrian ability will have an edge over the competition. The training program
for police horses is generally more intensive than that for the police officers, as the
animals must be desensitized to street life and its ever-changing physical obstacles,
loud noises, and sudden movements. Once a horse and rider have been trained to
perform police work together, the officer is usually responsible for taking care of both
the animal and its equipment, so there is an added benefit of sharing a strong,
consistent emotional attachment.
  If you’re a horse lover who respects law enforcement but doesn’t want to be an
officer, remember that police forces need people to train the horses, as well as the
officers who handle them. Find out if the police force near you uses in-house or
outsourced trainers, and then volunteer your services or apply for a job as an
apprentice to develop the necessary skills. Simply knowing how to ride isn’t enough
to perform mounted police work or to train others for that work. You must also
communicate well and have great patience, and that’s true whether you’re working
with a horse or a human.
  Pros Close daily contact with horses Combined rewards of police work and rapport
with horse
  Cons Time required on regular force before transferring to mounted force Limited
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