I took this portrait of a police officer and her beautiful horse in Downtown Providence R.I. on a nice summer evening.
This is one of the very few portraits i have taken. While going to meet a friend for dinner i came across this scene and asked to take there picture. I did not get there names but this police officer could not have been any nicer and kind to me. She is a big asset to the Providence police force.
It does look like the horse is laughing in this capture - hopefully not at me. lol
The Mounted Command is headquartered at a stable facility within beautiful Roger Williams Park. The unit is comprised of six officers; three on day shift and three working nights, as well as a competent civilian staff of Animal Handlers. There are nine mounts.
The Mounted Command is part of the Uniformed Division and is a branch of the Patrol Bureau. Mounted officers patrol the Downcity area, Wickenden and Thayer Streets, Federal Hill, Broad Street and Roger Williams Park. They are routinely deployed into the nine districts of the department where they are a welcomed sight in all of Providence’s communities. The horses which are sometimes used for crowd control purposes, also serve as the main public relations tool of the Department.
While a police mount can be an intimidating presence used to safely
disperse a disorderly crowd, the same horse is gentle enough to allow
a child to pet its muzzle. They are a common sight at Waterfire and
outdoor festivals throughout Providence where mounted patrols enhance
public safety and foster good will. The Mounted Command has proven
itself an effective and versatile unit, and enjoys the support of
The Mounted Command enjoys being the most popular of the units within the Providence Police Department, and serves as the main public relations tool of the Department; and while a mounted officer’s personality and approachability is certainly very important, perhaps even more integral is the temperament and approachability of the horses themselves. Their regal presence beckons attention. Mounted officers are fond of saying, “No one ever pets a police car”.
The majority of the mounts are "draft crosses". (Heavily boned work horses such as Clydesdale, Percheron and Belgian, crossed with the lighter boned saddle breeds such as a Thoroughbred or an American Quarter Horse) These draft crosses are very strong boned, and as such they can handle the weight of heavy riders and walking on hard surfaces for long hours. They’re also cold-blooded and tend not to be easily startled, allowing them to be readily trained to perform their police duties. Most of the horses have been purchased in Canada and they have been acquired through charitable donations. When a horse is sponsored, the donor is allowed to choose the name of the horse.
As a way of community involvement, The Mounted Command facility is open to group tours on Monday through Friday at 10AM. Throughout the year the unit hosts dozens of tours welcoming classrooms from throughout greater Providence and Rhode Island, as well as Scout Troops and 4-H clubs. Tours of the Mounted Command facility can be arranged by appointment only by contacting their office at 401-243- 6042.