THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The new members of the Mounted Police wing of the City Police are now ‘rehearsing’ for their maiden public appearance.
The three horses brought from Mumbai four months ago will be taken to a public function for the first time during this year’s Independence Day parade along with their ‘seniors’ in the stable. “The horses have been undergoing training to participate in the Independence Day parade. The parade will mark the first public appearance of the horses,” said City Police Commissioner H Venkatesh.
With these three horses, the strength of the mounted force of the City Police is now 14.
The new additions to the stable are aged six, seven and nine years. The Mounted Police will be still more strengthened by bringing another 14 horses from Mumbai next year.
“Only next year can we bring the 14 horses. Then, the strength of the mounted unit will be complete. It is expensive to bring, train and look after them. But, having a Mounted Police wing is a matter of prestige. Only a few states have this special unit,” the City Police Commissioner added.
Last year also, horses were there to add glitz to the Independence Day parade, but their strength was less.