How to Support:
- Attending public hear and be present- don’t have to say anything.
- Attend the hearing and say a few words about the importance of MPD mounted patrol and why having a horse barn is important for the community’s public safety efforts.
When: Monday, Oct 30, 2023
Location: Room 317, City Hall
350 S. 5th St., Minneapolis, MN 55415
Why MPD Mounted Patrol is Important to our Public Safety Efforts:
The Minneapolis Police Mounted Patrol Unit plays a vital role in maintaining public safety and building positive community relationships. These officers on horseback are not just a symbol of tradition; they provide several distinct advantages. First, the horses enable officers to have a unique vantage point, offering better visibility in large crowds and during major events, which aids in crime prevention and crowd management. Secondly, the presence of horses is inherently approachable, fostering a more open and friendly atmosphere for interactions between officers and the community. This creates opportunities for meaningful engagement, allowing officers to establish trust and bridge gaps between law enforcement and the public they serve. Moreover, the Mounted Patrol Unit can navigate areas that are challenging for patrol cars, which is especially valuable for urban policing. In this way, the unit contributes significantly to maintaining a safer and more connected Minneapolis, making it an indispensable component of the city’s law enforcement efforts.
Why having a horse barn is important:
Funding for the Minneapolis Police horse barn is crucial for maintaining the well-being of the horses and the efficiency of the Mounted Patrol Unit. The barn serves as a vital hub for the care, training, and housing of these essential animals, ensuring they remain healthy and ready for duty. Adequate funding is necessary to provide proper veterinary care, nutrition, and shelter, which in turn guarantees the long-term effectiveness of this specialized unit. Furthermore, a well-maintained horse barn supports the morale and readiness of the officers who work with these animals, enabling them to continue their invaluable community policing efforts. Overall, investing in the Minneapolis Police horse barn is an investment in the safety, community relations, and operational effectiveness of the city’s law enforcement.