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Horses told to hand in badges, WRPS removing Mounted Patrol Unit

The Waterloo Regional Police Services Board has decided to remove its Mounted Patrol Unit as of April 1st.

The decision made Wednesday morning, came as a result of ongoing analysis of priorities and resources. It will save the service around $27,000 a year.

In a news release, Police Chief Matt Torigian called decision difficult and says “the unit has been a valuable and effective patrol option and we are very proud of the officers who have contributed to its many successes over the past four years.”

The cost savings relating to the Mounted Patrol Unit are largely long-term and include areas such as upgrades, training and maintenance costs.

Staff Sergeant Shaena Morris tells 570 News they’ve done their research, and are confident community safety won’t be impacted.

The officers permanently assigned to Mounted Patrol will be redeployed to other areas.

A decision on the retirement of the horses will be made in consultation with the police services board.