(WSB photo of Mounted Patrol officers, from our coverage of Delridge Day 2013)
Every time one or more officers/horses from the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol appears in the area, it surprises someone who didn’t realize they’re based in West Seattle, right next to Westcrest Park. Now, we’re getting word of your chance to find out more about the unit firsthand – its first-ever public open house has just been announced for 1-5 pm Sunday, September 22nd:
The Seattle Mounted Patrol is holding a picnic similar to those of Department’s precincts at its stables at Westcrest Park in West Seattle (entrance at approx. 8th and Henderson). Join the Mounted Patrol for an opportunity to tour the stables and meet the Officers and their Partners.
They will exhibit their skills, primarily crowd-control training and maneuvers, in two demonstrations at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Their skills are likely ones you have not seen before: If you have never seen a horse push a 5’ rubber ball, here is your chance. The officers enjoy talking to the community about their horses, and their role as one of the unique units of the Department, providing community relations, crime deterrence, and crowd control. Refreshments will be provided. Don’t forget to bring your cameras; these beautiful horses love a good photo opportunity!
Directions and parking instructions will be posted on our Facebook page “Friends of the Seattle Mounted Patrol.”
And we’ll add those to our forthcoming calendar listing for this when the parking info’s announced; on FB right now, there’s a specific page just for this event.
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