The Mounted Command Providence R.I.

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    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 Colonel Clements.

    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.

    Mr. Happy Face - Peace :), mfKopp, and 18 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. car jockey 39 months ago | reply

      I hope the officer sees your photo of her. Just beautiful. A credit to her fellow officers in blue.

    2. Hanga_tran 39 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image!

    3. C-Dals 39 months ago | reply

      Wonderful to see a well turned-out team at work. The horse looks pretty relaxed for standing in the middle of a busy street. I can't even imagine how much work goes into training them so well.

    4. Steve Taylor (Photography) 39 months ago | reply

      Is that horse laughing at you?

    5. l_dewitt 39 months ago | reply

      Very nice Scott.........

    6. sonic0500 39 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!

      Thank you for coming to my site.

    7. Ultimutt Pet Sitting 39 months ago | reply

      awesome picture, Blue -- i'll have to try to capture the Reno mounted PD sometime when i run across them. you have the best ideas for pictures and provide great information!!!

    8. 39 months ago | reply

      Think you are in her way...;-)
      Lovely street shot.

    9. *katz 39 months ago | reply

      This must be a great job as long as you can ride horseback

    10. martin alberts Pictures of Amsterdam 39 months ago | reply

      A fantastic shot ! Many compliments...............

    11. TFNnaranjo 39 months ago | reply

      muy bonita la imagen .....Besos de Teresa

    12. Afgil (see profile) 38 months ago | reply

      A lovely portrait. Nicely captured.

    13. SOOSI2012 38 months ago | reply

      nice photo. ..i loved it

    14. Giuseppe Citino [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      Nice shot!!!

    15. Dont´comment the same photo 32 months ago | reply

      Muito bom enquadramento muito bem executado!!! Parabéns Scott.

    16. Muslima2006 29 months ago | reply

      Great shot. The horse is laughing or it is pain?

    17. BlueisCoool 24 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your comments info and fav.

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