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Jan 20, 2020

Mumbai Police to get horse-mounted unit for traffic and crowd control after 88 years

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said, Mumbai Police will get a horse-mounted unit for traffic and crowd control after 88 years. He was speaking at a press conference in Mumbai yesterday. The unit will be taking part in this year’s Republic Day parade at Shivaji Park. Similar units may also be brought in for Pune and Nagpur if needed. Deshmukh informed that the mounted unit was disbanded in 1932 due to growing vehicular traffic. He added that Mumbai police now has modern jeeps and motorcycles. However, it was felt a mounted police unit would be useful for crime patrol in crowded areas, and for crowd control during festivals and marches, at beaches. He stated that a policeman on horseback is equal to 30 personnel on the ground.
He further stated that the average speed of patrolling raider will be more than 7 to 10 km than the one on feet. He informed that the government at present has approved 30 horses, a sub-inspector, one assistant PSI, four havaldars and 32 constables for the unit, which will be successively set up in next six months. 

While informing more on this Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve said that atotal of 61 trainers from racecourse, riding clubs and the Army’s horse unit will be training the Mumbai police for this. Barve said that a stable will be built on a 2.5 acre plot at Marol area of Andheri. He added that a riding school, swimming pool for horses, sand bath, raider room, trainer room, feed stock room will be set up there. He further said that the officers part of this unit will also be trained in show jumping, tent pigging, polo. Apart from walkie-talkies, riders would also be supplied with body-mounted cameras for video recording.

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