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Old 05-01-2014, 07:31 AM
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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After 36 years of service with the Toronto Police Service, Sgt Jim Patterson retired yesterday, by riding his favourite horse, to his home in Pickering, from the CNE Police mounted unit's stables. He was escorted by 20 other members of the mounted unit, all of whom were on horse back. All of them were on a day off from duty.

Sgt Patterson has been with the mounted unit for most of his long career with the TPS. He was given permission to do this by Chief Bill Blair, who worked with Sgt Patterson, when they were both young Constables.

Here is a link to a story about Sgt Patterson and one of his favourite horses, Honest Ed.

Toronto police officer rides off into the sunset | CityNews


The Toronto Police mounted unit has 28 horses, and the horses work two days on duty then a day off duty. Most horses have two dedicated officers who ride them on a rotation schedule. All TPS mounted unit Constables are volunteers, who must pass a six week training course, before they are considered as being a "trained horseman/woman". Yes the mounted unit has female members, as do all the TPS units, including the ETF, the special teams that respond to gun calls and hostage situations.

With a city area of 242 square miles, Toronto has many places where a horse is a better choice for patrolling duties, compared to a car or even a motorcycle. We have five major rivers that flow through the city, into Lake Ontario, and each of those rivers has a extensive area of parkland and ravines. Horses are ideal for that type of work. The average TPS horse is about 5 or 6 years old when it starts it's training program. Horses are selected for their stamina, and gentle nature. Many are cross bred, with hunter and work horse blood lines.

here is a page of TPS horses, in photos. Enjoy.


Jim B.

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Old 05-01-2014, 07:51 AM
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Cool story! I hope that he enjoys his retirement!
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:44 AM
Location: SW MO
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Decidedly a case of going out in style!
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Old 05-01-2014, 08:49 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Nice.. wish I had a horse
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