Thursday, December 1, 2011

Help Name the Two Newest Members of the Police Family

The police need your help.

The Calgary Police Service Mounted Unit has adopted two yet-to-be named gallant horsies to ride alongside the Unit's other four working horses.

As per custom, these fare mares need a name fitting of their positions - and the Police Service wants the public to decide.

The Mounted Unit have narrowed the names to:
  • Rio
  • Ranger
  • Chief
  • Scout
  • Sarg
  • Commander
To learn more about them, and to vote for your favourite names, visit

Along with the opportunity to name the horses, a lucky draw winner has the opportunity to spend a day with them.

After voting, anyone interested in entering the contest can send their details to Two winners will be selected in January when the winning steed names are drawn.

The new horses are replacing two veterans of the Mounted Unit, Cowboy and Bart, who retired as the longest-serving member in 2010.

The Calgary Police Service has used horses for patrol since the turn of the century, with the formation of the current Mounted Unit in 1978.

Members are required to spend four years in district patrol before applying for the Unit. They are chosen based on their work ethic and riding ability. The horses used in the Unit come from farms and ranches throughout the Prairies, and are chosen based on their personality, size and colour. Mounted patrol duties include public relations, patrolling the streets and pathways, and search operations in parks and along riverbanks.

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