Police Horse Louis or affectionately called ‘Louie’ graduates to full operational status!
Recruited from an ad on Facebook to #OwiningIt on the streets of Perth we couldn’t be prouder of this big boy.
Some words from Training Officer at the Mounted Unit First Class Constable Kristy Stephen –
A question Mounted Officers quite often get asked is, “How long does it take to train a police horse?”
The answer varies with each individual horse. Factors such as their training, age, experience, temperament and breeding all come into account.
Louie started his policing career with the WA Mounted Section in November 2015. Louie is a Clydesdale X 6 year old gelding standing at 16.1 hands high. With the help of his partner (First Class HAINES-MONAGHAN), Louie has progressed from training in the complex of the Police Stables, to full day shift patrols of the metro area and then policing the very busy Australia Day celebrations in Perth City.
This enabled Louie to experience fireworks and large scale crowd control for the first time and he policed it like a seasoned pro!
Last Friday when it’s ‘pasture’ bed time Louie completed his first night shift in Northbridge dealing with antisocial behaviour and has already made numerous arrests.
Louie has now been made fully operational. Achieving this within two months is exceptional and he is already proving to be a great Police Horse.
|Photos from Western Australia Police’s post