Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit

Seattle Police
8:44 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Seattle police to continue horse patrols

Police patrols on horseback will continue in Seattle.
Chris Blakeley Flickr

Donations have saved the police department's mounted patrol from budget cuts.

The city wanted to eliminate it last year, but the non-profit Seattle Police Foundation stepped in and promised to finance it until 2014 with support from the Seattle Hotel Association.

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Seattle Police
10:44 am
Wed February 9, 2011

Seattle's horse patrol looking to public to pay for hay

Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Sgt. Grant Ballingham in Belltown in September, 2010.
Gary Davis

Justice, Harvest, Charlie, Tiger, Blaze, Jet and Cody recently got a reprieve.

The horses are inĀ  Seattle Police Department's Mounted Patrol Unit. Budget cuts had threatened to eliminate their jobs. But the Seattle Police Foundation and the Seattle Hotel Association have pledged to pay for feeding, sheltering and caring for the working horses for three years.

The organizations have enough money to cover two years and are asking the public to pay for the rest. At the website, saveourhorses.net, you can make a donation.

Here's a video about the Mounted Patrol Unit produced by the Police Foundation: