Friday, March 29, 2019
UPDATE: KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS STAND UP FOR KCPD MOUNTED PATROL!!!
At the outset of the Prez Trump era an alleged instance of animal abuse directed at a Kansas City police horse sparked outrage across the nation. The mere suggestion that a protester in the company of ANTIFA slapped a horse was enough to garner support for this police animal across partisan lines.
While a few activists decry alleged animal cruelty confronted by these animal in the performance of their duty, there are a lot of locals who believe this aspect of community policing offers a better opportunity for outreach and effective crowd control.
"The KCPD says it is reexamining the role of the officers currently serving on horseback, and at the next board of commissioners meeting, the department could take steps to disband the unit, reassigning the officers for budgetary and personnel reasons."
Take a look:
KCTV5: Supporters mount defense of KCPD Mounted Patrol
Some of these horses in the unit have been interacting with the public for more than a decade. For people who love seeing the animals, it's hard to imagine an end to the Mounted Patrol.
Alice Lee Hollister is part of the group Friends of the KC Mounted Patrol, which provides funding for some of the Mounted Patrol's saddles and supplies at the stables near Swope Park.
Hollister believes the animals and their officers are some of KCPD's most valuable tools
“They're the ones that soften and create the rapport between an officer and community,” she said.
Currently, the city employees seven officers in the Mounted Patrol, with a little over $630,000 budgeted for the unit.
And so we ask . . .
SHOULD KANSAS CITY KEEP THE MOUNTED PATROL DESPITE RISING COSTS?!?!?
You decide . . .