Police: Horses

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd June 2015.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 June (HL172), when the most recent assessment of the utility of the work of police horses in preventing crime and maintaining public safety was made.

Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 June (HL172), what is the proportion of the work of police horses (1) in operational activity such as crime prevention and maintaining public safety, and (2) in ceremonial activity.

Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Home Department

There is no formal assessment process to determine the utility of police animals, how resources are deployed is an operational matter which rightly rests with chief officers. The contribution of police horses remains important and the Home Office corresponds with the relevant national policing lead on an ad-hoc basis to stay apprised of their views. The most recent contact by my officials was this month and the merits of mounted policing remain unchanged.

The Home Office does not record this information, how police horses are used is a matter for chief officers to determine.

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