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Written By: Wednesday, April 19th 2017

P.C. Graeme Harbottle aboard Parker with Auxiliary PC Jacquie Papel aboard Hudson Photo: South Simcoe Police.

Release from South Simcoe Police:

(Innisfil ON) It all came from an idea floated at a meeting of the working
group for the South Simcoe Police’s 20th Anniversary celebration. It was
suggested that a mounted unit would be a nice addition, in a ceremonial
capacity, of course.

Now, with the assistance of Jan Humphrey from Briarwood Farm in King
Township, South Simcoe Police are in the saddle. Two horses are owned by
Briarwood Farm and provided to South Simcoe Police at a minimal cost.
Generous sponsors within the community have stepped up to cover the cost of
the unit for 2017.

“As an agency, we realized the potential of the horses”, said Staff
Sergeant Steve Wilson. “They are a great tool for us to engage with our
communities.”

Four interested members of the service were identified, then assessed and
trained in handling and riding the horses. All of the candidates have
previous riding experience.

“The Unit is ceremonial, not operational”, said Wilson. “Look for them next
at our Open House on May 13, at both the North Division in Innisfil and the
South Division in Bradford.”

The Mounted Unit made their debut at Innisfil Town Hall on Tuesday, April
18, as Chief Andrew Fletcher assumed command from retiring Chief Rick
Beazley. The pilot project will be assessed over the year, with a
possibility of extending them to events over the next few years.