New police horse wanted by resort mounted patrol
(March 31, 2017) As the Ocean City Council braces for its fiscal year 2018 budget hearings, one expense has already been covered: a new horse for the Ocean City Police Department.
OCPD is looking for a new horse for the Mounted Patrol Unit, which works in crowd control and Boardwalk patrol.
“A police horse typically costs between $6,000 to $9,000,” Police Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said. “They are paid for using money from an endowment that was left to the OCPD Mounted Unit by a local citizen to buy and train horses.”
Officers in the mounted unit are trained in various areas of anatomy and psychology of horses, included nutrition and horse solicitation. Typically, the unit has five horses, but the department had to retire one of its horses recently due to health issues.
“We’re just now starting the process of searching for a new horse which can take 3 to 6 months. After we find the appropriate horse, it goes through training here so that we can ensure it is a good fit for our department and our unique resort town,” Richard said.