City plans to reestablish the police Mounted Unit
The City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Department is in the early phases of reestablishing a Mounted Unit for the Police Bureau.
The unit will be used to patrol Pittsburgh’s entertainment districts and the city’s numerous special events, giving officers increased visibility while “trotting” the beat. The Mounted Unit will also contribute to the bureau’s ongoing community engagement initiatives by enabling interactive opportunities between citizens and police.
The unit, which will fall under the Special Deployment Division, will be comprised of several full-time officers and others who will serve on an as-needed basis. The Police Bureau will begin the process of assigning officers to the unit in the near future. The Public Safety Department is currently looking for funding opportunities to support the unit.
The Police Bureau has utilized Allegheny County’s Mounted Unit for many events over the years. The Public Safety Department will continue to work with the county on the development of the city’s Mounted Unit, and is currently exploring utilizing the county’s existing horse stable infrastructure in South Park.