The Mounted Squad

The VPD Mounted Squad

The VPD Mounted Squad

Since 1909, the Vancouver Police have deployed officers on horseback.  Stationed out of the stables located in Stanley Park, the Mounted Squad members patrol the park and the surrounding streets.  When the need arises, the squad is brought further into the city, and the horses can be seen working events such as the summer fireworks, or assisting general patrol in the downtown core and in the Downtown Eastside.  I have worked a number of the fireworks events, and have seen first hand how effective the horses are at moving crowds and at keeping the crowds under control.

Mounted Squad members and their horses have their own Collector’s Trading Cards – if you see a member on horseback, feel free to ask them for one of their cards.

PSD Hondo and I have had the opportunity to train with the Mounted Squad on several occasions.  At first, Hondo seemed to be unsure of the horses, but once he figured out the horses were not interested in him, he relaxed.  Now, Hondo ignores the horses and is able to focus on whatever training task is at hand, as you can see in the photo below.

photo courtesy of Trevor Black

photo courtesy of Trevor Black

The horses are beautiful, and when working they and their riders are an impressive sight.  To read more about the Mounted Squad and their history, and to view their collector cards, please visit their website.

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