Horses at a previous rally
Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping’s promise to look into reinstating the Nottinghamshire Police mounted section takes a big stride forward today with the publication of a report into the implications if police horses should once again be part of the Force.
The report – prepared by Chief Constable Chris Eyre in response to a request from Mr Tipping – can be viewed here.
The Commissioner is now urging members of the public to read the report and let him know what they think.
Feelings ran high when the mounted section was disbanded for financial reasons – a move which is currently saving in the region of £105,000 a year. In response to public comments made during his election campaign Mr Tipping promised to examine the feasibility and costs of reinstating a mounted section within Nottinghamshire Police.
The Chief Constable’s report concludes there are no operational reasons for reintroducing the mounted section and that the total cost in doing so would be £424,000.
Mr Tipping commented: “I have kept to my pledge to look into the feasibility of reinstating the police horses and I’m now, as I promised, consulting the people of Nottinghamshire, in both the city and county, to see whether they feel reinstating the mounted section should take priority over other elements of police service delivery.
“Obviously, the financial implications need to be carefully considered and decisions like this cannot be taken lightly. This is why I am extremely keen to hear what people want and why. This is their chance to tell me what they feel and about how much value they put on having a mounted section within the force.”
To give your views on the possibility reinstating the mounted section email firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Wednesday 16th January 2013