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The police horses role in the support of the local government

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The police horses role in the support of the local government.
The police horses role in the support of the local government.

There are 23 horses in the Warsaw Police force, all of them of the Silesian horse breed, tall, massive and dark. They serve as a direct coercion measure. Securing certain parts of the city and mass events would be very challenging without them.

During the three quarters of 2016, the mounted patrol intervened 833 times. Police officers issued nearly 500 tickets, warned 561 people, checked the ID’s of 1108 people, and arrested six people.
Mounted patrols are sent out to areas which would be difficult to patrol on foot or by car. They can be seen in the Saski Garden, Traugutt Park, Moczydło Park, Skaryszewski Park, Sowiński Park, Bródnowski Park, Lasek na Kole, Podzamcze Street and the Vistula boulevards. Sometimes mounted patrols are sent out to Łazienki Park or the Kabacki Forest. They are also used as part of search parties, and they secure mass events and public gatherings.

In the years 2007-2016, the City of Warsaw allotted PLN 331 thousand for the purchase of horses for the Warsaw Metropolitan Police and PLN 5.3 million for their upkeep. The upkeep costs include the money spent on the stalls for horses, the food, stables, veterinary and zootechnical services and insurance.
In 2017, the city authorities plan to allot PLN 600 thousand for the upkeep of police horses.