A man and his horse
According to several sources, a tentative deal has been struck to save the Hartford Police Mounted Unit. This after word came out that Hartford's mayor was in the process of selling off the Mounted Units assets to the Rockland County New York Sheriff's Department for $500.00. There was apparently a large outcry by people caught off guard by the potential sale, including the Hartford City Council.
After I first posted that story, the calls came in fast and steady expressing outrage at the deal. You can read that original story here http://wethepeoplehartford.blogspot.com/2016/11/hartford-police-mounted-unit-riding-off.html.
Now it seems that a regular reader of the blog , and a horse lover, has come up with a creative plan to save the Mounted Unit.
According to sources, a deal is close to being signed off on that would place the maintenance and care of the horses under the direction of the Governor's Foot Guard enabling HPD to overcome the budget difficulties it is facing related to maintaining the unit.. Much of the work of the Governor's Foot Guard is done by volunteers and would free up regular Hartford Police Officers who currently maintain the horses 7 days a week.
I will be posting much more on this as the plan becomes formalized., but it is a great start and a win-win for both HPD and the Governor's Foot Guard. I understand that there have been numerous offers from the private sector to maintain the Unit also.
Here is some information from the Governor's Foot Guard's website as to who they are:
The First Company Governor's Foot Guard is a military unit of the State of Connecticut, although with a vibrant and active National Guard, the primary function of the Governor's Foot Guard is mostly ceremonial. Statutory authority for the existence of the First Company comes from C.G.S. 27-6, which authorizes the existence of and the organizational structure of the State Organized Militia Units. As a military unit, the First Company follows policies and procedures set forth by statute, the policies, and orders of The Governor, and those set forth by The Adjutant General of the Connecticut National Guard. These are the same rules that apply to members of the state National Guard and among other things, require members of the First Company to attend annual training each summer at the National Guard installation in Niantic and authorize the First Company for call-up to active duty by order of the Governor to assist in times of natural disaster and civil emergencies..
You can view the entire Foot Guard website here:http://governorsfootguard.com/info/index.html