Washington, DC., USA,6th November, 1990 U.S. Park Police horse mounted officers at Pro-Choice Rally. The United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit is one of the oldest established police equestrian units in the United States. Established in 1934 with one horse that was rented from a local stable. However, as the value of the mounted unit was proven it was expanded to an operational strength that patrols and provides protection in the Washington Metropolitan Area as well as New York and San Francisco.

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Washington, DC., USA,6th November, 1990 U.S. Park Police horse mounted officers at Pro-Choice Rally. The United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit is one of the oldest established police equestrian units in the United States. Established in 1934 with one horse that was rented from a local stable. However, as the value of the mounted unit was proven it was expanded to an operational strength that patrols and provides protection in the Washington Metropolitan Area as well as New York and San Francisco.
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Washington, DC. 11-1990 U.S. Park Police horse mounted officers at Pro-Choice Rally. The United States Park Police Horse Mounted Unit is one of the oldest established police equestrian units in the United States. Established in 1934 with one horse that was rented from a local stable. However, as the value of the mounted unit was proven, it was expanded to an operational strength that patrols and provides protection in the Washington Metropolitan Area as well as New York and San Francisco. By being actively engaged in virtually all major demonstrations in the Washington Metropolitan Area, the U. S. Park Police Horse Mounted Unit has gained valuable knowledge and expertise in managing crowds and quelling disturbances with little or no serious injuries to the demonstrators, spectators, horse or rider. The Unit's reputation and expertise lead to a special invitation to provide 25 Horse Mounted Officers to patrol Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. Sadly, it took a tragedy to show what the unit could do in a very demanding situation. A Unit Award for Excellence of Service from the Secretary of the Interior showed the quality of their work. "Naming each officer involved, Secretary Babbitt noted how, after the pipe bomb exploded and killed two people, the Park Police officers immediately moved an estimated 60,000 people outside the park perimeter." The officers did so while of dozens of injured people were given medical attention. He believed crowd control of this type would have been impossible without the horse-mounted patrol. The Secretary also said the officers "clearly proved to be the most effective public relations unit and the most favorable method of crowd control at the games". The Unit also travels to Camp David at the request of the U. S. Secret Service and provides horses for the President and the first family. Credit: Mark Reinstein
Location: Washington Monument, Washington, DC., USA,