Meet Savannah's New 'Mounted Patrol' - Photos - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Meet Savannah's New 'Mounted Patrol' - Photos

Posted: Updated:
SAVANNAH, GA -

The Mounted Patrol Unit of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department has almost doubled in horses, thanks to the discontinuation of a similar unit in Forsyth County.

 Four patrol horses – three of them thoroughly trained for police work and the other a perfect candidate – were donated to the SCMPD unit when the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in Cumming, GA, discontinued its mounted patrol this year.

The mounts brought the number of horses in the SCMPD unit to nine and prompted the addition of one officer bringing that number to six.

In addition, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office sold SCMPD a trailer capable of hauling four of the mounts.

Police Chief Willie Lovett said the additions will present opportunities to expand the use and presence of the mounted patrol.

 

"Mounted officers have a commanding presence in specific instances that are invaluable to police work and they have a calming effect in others," Lovett said. "We have grown to appreciate their abilities in huge crowds, such as the St. Patrick's Day Festival. And their patrol in neighborhoods is never overlooked by the residents there. Everyone is fully aware their neighborhood is being patrolled when the officer is on horseback.

 

"We are extremely grateful to Forsyth Sheriff Duane Piper and his department."

 

Included in the addition is a 17.2 hand, 7-year-old Belgian/Thoroughbred Trakehner named Jackson; a 17.2 hand, 6-year-old Belgian Thoroughbred named Lee; a 16.5 hand, 5-year-old Percheron Shire named Grant; and an 8-year-old, 17 hand Belgian Thoroughbred named Sherman.

 

Sgt. Eugene Lawhorn, who leads the unit, says the extra mounts can be helpful in allowing horses to be rotated on successive days of patrol. They also allowed the expansion of the unit to six.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    911UPDATE: Ft. Stewart Soldier Hit By Falling Plane, Daughter Critically Injured

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-29 12:08:02 GMT
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
    911 calls tell the story story of what happened before and after the tragic freak accident
  • UPDATE: Suspect Not Found In 35th St. Home In Savannah

    UPDATE: Suspect Not Found In 35th St. Home In Savannah

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:00 AM EDT2014-07-29 05:00:19 GMT
    Metro Police are on the scene of a possible hostage situation.
    Metro Police are on the scene of a possible hostage situation.
  • Parents Arrested: Daughter Left in Hot Car

    Parents Arrested: Daughter Left in Hot Car

    Parents arrested after three-year-old girl is locked alone inside 104 degree car for 20 minutes in shopping mall car park.Ho Kim, 33, and Tae Kim, 35, are accused of leaving their daughter locked inside the vehicle at the Brea Mall in Brea, California, while they shopped.This all comes after 18 children have died so far this year after suffering heatstroke after being left inside hot cars. But in this latest case, the girl was saved after someone saw her inside a black Nissan mini van. Police...
    Parents arrested after three-year-old girl is locked alone inside 104 degree car for 20 minutes in shopping mall car park.Ho Kim, 33, and Tae Kim, 35, are accused of leaving their daughter locked inside the vehicle at the Brea Mall in Brea, California, while they shopped.This all comes after 18 children have died so far this year after suffering heatstroke after being left inside hot cars. But in this latest case, the girl was saved after someone saw her inside a black Nissan mini van. Police...
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.