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South Yorkshire Police’s Mounted officers provide support across South Yorkshire. The role is varied but includes:
- Providing high-visibility patrols on a daily basis to tackle issues threatening the community
- working with local policing teams to help deal with nuisance youths and off road motorcycles, and enforce dispersal orders and alcohol exclusion zones
- conducting stop and search procedures
- patrol busy pedestrian areas, such as town centres or events
- prevent and deter antisocial behaviour and public order offences
- assist in searches for vulnerable missing persons, discarded or concealed evidence, in urban and suburban areas
- deal with road traffic offences in conjunction with roads policing
- seize uninsured vehicles and process offenders
- align their duties to work on key dates of high demand such as Mischief, Christmas and New Year.
- cermonial duties including Master Cutlers' Ceremony, Funerals and Military parades
The Mounted section is based at West Yorkshire Police's Operational Complex, Carr Gate, Wakefield. We currently have nine horses, one sergeant, five constables and three support staff.
Within their daily patrols, the department is tasked centrally by a planning team that matches resources to the demand of the force and its priorities. This means that officers work on a wide variety of issues around the whole force area supporting districts.
From an elevated vantage point, officers are able to identify and prevent potential issues before they develop. The sizes of the horses mean that officers can combat serious issues effectively without the need for large numbers of staff. Crowds can be effectively contained, controlled, manoeuvred and dispersed appropriately.
Out of the 43 police forces in England and Wales, only twelve have a mounted section. When required, the department can provide un-planned and pre-planned ‘mutual aid’ to other police forces.
The most suitable breeds to become a police horse are Irish Draught, Shire and Hunter Type horses. The main colours being bay, chestnut and greys. The horses must be over 16.3 hands in height and are chosen according to their nature.
Our horses are purchased from the public and established horse dealers. Generally, horses are purchased from the age of four and must undergo a series of tests over a four-week period. These tests are to assess the horses' character, fitness and ability to perform operational tasks. Training, for both the horse and the rider, is ongoing throughout their time in the department.
All horses are named after areas in South Yorkshire and on retirement, they go to the Horse and Pony Protection Association (HAPPA) who look after them or find suitable homes. We often invite communites to get involved in naming a new horse, we will advertise this on our website with details of how you can get involved.