And my current source? This week, the force. Mounted Police if you want to get down to specifics.
I’ve sent out a request to the London, Royal Canadian, New South Wales and Victoria Mounted Police to see if they’d answer a half dozen questions or so for me. I’m waiting on the answers from Canada as they agreed to answer my questions but as yet haven’t heard back from London or NSW.
A Victorian Sergeant was kind enough to answer them and promptly returned his replies:
Do you have to be a certain rank as a police officer to become a mounted police officer?
No a constable can apply but only after they have completed their probationary period of 2 years
Do you need horse skills or are these taught?
Yes you do require horse skills as the positions available are highly sought after and for safety reasons you have to be competent on a horse before attempting to become a member of the Mounted Police.
Why did you join the Mounted Police?
I grew up with horses and I wanted to use my experience with horses in a policing role.
How much of the job is horse related?
At the Mounted Branch all of the tasks we attend are horse related.
How long have you been a mounted police person?
I have been a member of the Mounted Branch for 13 years.
Is lots of training involved for the horses?
Yes the horses are constantly undergoing training even when they are a fully qualifed troop horse.
What would a normal day consist of for you?
Stable work in the morning for an hour depending on the current tasks riding my horse at a variety of activities (patrols/ceremonial jobs training or protests).
Victoria Police Website:
“Our hoofbeats were many, but our hearts beat as one.”