Following a successful trial, the mounted section are now a permanent part of Gloucestershire Constabulary. Now, communities across Gloucestershire will see police officers on horse back patrolling the local area.
Two years ago we hosted an international project which shows that horses are a useful tactic for the police, both in terms of reducing crime and serving the public.
Mounted officers have the same powers and capabilities as any police officer and can contribute to policing in a variety of ways, including operations, targeting offenders and crime prevention. They will be based in Gloucestershire's communities to offer reassurance and advice.
Frequently asked questions
The mounted section will deliver a wide range of policing activities; we aim to deploy throughout the county, in a mix of urban and rural areas. The mounted section can be deployed for public engagement events, night time economy, planned, spontaneous and critical incidents, missing persons, intelligence gathering and submissions; all of which will be focused deployments with local priority tasking.
The officer on board is a fully equipped and empowered Police officers and will continue to perform their role on and off a horse i.e. they can still arrest people/give evidence etc if required.
The trail cost £220,448.
It has been budgeted at £144,438 pa, with the aim of making the section as cost neutral as possible through income generation and sponsorship opportunities.
There will be four horses, three police officers, equine manager and groom.
The horses are stabled at Highnam Court, near Newent. Police officers and police staff working on the trial are also based there, where minimal office accommodation for the section is located.
Height: 16.1 hh
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Height: 16.3 hh Height: 17 hh
Colours: Black Colours: Skewbald
We are looking throughout the country to find a suitable replacement for Huntsman. We have a budget of £5,000.
We will train the new horse ourselves.
Between six months and two years.
Boris is fully experienced in his role and will quickly became accustomed to working in Gloucestershire.
However, horses new to policing take anything from 6 months to 2 years to adapt to all aspects of police work depending on their temperament and experience before joining the police.
Highnam Court Equine provide professional equine services, this covers all daily care and welfare needs of the horses, as well as other related facilities and services, such as, tack cleaning, clipping and deployment preparation. It is important to note that the mounted officers are first and foremost police officers and so any additional animal care requirements, although important for officers to understand, are not their primary focus on the section.
The plan is to stay at Highnam Court for the foreseeable future.
The horses will be working for approx. 4 days per week, with 3 days rest. Younger police horses can work 5-6 days per week.
Currently, we have a total of two trained officers.
The riders will be required to successfully complete the Standard Equitation Certificate (SEC), the national mounted police minimum standard. All mounted officers must complete their SEC in order to be signed off for independent mounted deployment. It can take up to 16 weeks training for an officer to compete the SEC.
Yes, we had a loan agreement with Avon & Somerset Police in regards to a horse lorry for the trial. We have now purchased this. Police officers and staff on the section, with the appropriate LGV licence drive it. We will train those that don’t already hold this licence if appropriate.
The same as any operational police officer, so, body armour, PAVA spray, handcuffs and asp. Mounted officers will not carry Tasers or firearms.
We envisage that we can deliver five days a week operational policing in a variety of ways including patrol, community events, neighbourhood policing and streetsafe.
Police horses can work any time of the day or night and take their rest periods in between shifts just like humans, they also take a block of 2-4 weeks holiday a year.
The horses are stabled at Highnam Court, near Newent. Police officers and police staff working on the mounted section are also based there, where minimal office accommodation for the section is located.