June 25, 2017

Editorial: Horses on the force

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Myra, Major, Justice and Midnight — that’s a nice set of names for some new public servants in Worcester.

Now all the horses have to do is prove their mettle.

They’re off to a good start. Residents who have had a chance to see members of the police department’s Mounted Patrol Unit since the unit’s official first day last Monday have reacted warmly and with curiosity.

That’s part of the idea.

A police officer on a horse doesn’t just have advantages in terms of visibility, crowd control and the ability to quickly traverse different kinds of terrain in an emergency. The likeability factor is hugely important, too. A police officer plus his or her 1,000-pound mount is an engaging and powerful combination, both majestic and accessible.

Related opinion: Mariano says making Worcester safe is no horseplay

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