Happening now: Open house at Seattle Police Mounted Patrol HQ in West Seattle

The first arrivals at the Seattle Police Mounted Patrol Unit‘s second annual Open House found it pretty exciting to meet the horses face to face. Above, Officer Laura Wollberg and Chance impressed a young visitor. You’ll find the horses and officers in and around their barn on the west side of Westcrest Park in Highland Park – Charlie got a last-minute touchup:

Along with meeting the horses and seeing demonstrations (one riding demo should be under way now, and another’s at 4, plus you’ll see how they go through “desensitization training”), you can get a behind-the-scenes look at barn operations. You might call this the pantry:

Some of the inventory, being put to good use:

For today’s open house, human treats are on hand too – free hot dogs and chips:

We asked the unit leader Sgt. Jim Scott (below, with Dozer) if visitors need to know anything else. He reminded us there’s parking inside the gate, too (that’s on the right when you drive in from 8th, where an SPD vehicle is marking the entrance).

The open house continues until 5 pm today.

P.S. It’s been three years since the Seattle Police Foundation, a nonprofit that supports events like this, stepped up to coordinate a community campaign to support the Mounted Unit.

5 Replies to "Happening now: Open house at Seattle Police Mounted Patrol HQ in West Seattle"

  • miws September 20, 2014 (1:58 pm)

    Huge thanks to the Mounted Patrol Team!


    Enjoyed seeing the HQ, meeting Human and Equine Team Members, learning a bit more than I already knew, and even seeing a couple of familiar faces not directly related to the Mounted Patrol Team! ;-)


    And, the hotdog and chips hit the spot!



  • KD September 20, 2014 (4:04 pm)

    Whomever took that great first photo (with the little girl)…
    perfect timing!

  • bmc September 20, 2014 (6:07 pm)

    Thanks! This was really fun, interesting and free hot dogs!

  • Lina rose September 20, 2014 (7:10 pm)

    This was wonderful, the second time we have gone and I (and my little boy) love seeing the horses and getting to pet and be so close to them. The officers were great and clearly care well for the animals.

  • pc September 21, 2014 (4:49 pm)

    Thanks, mounted police! Had a wonderful time. I wish the police held more such events–meeting folks in their neighborhoods, showing us what they’re doing, how they train.

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