02/14/2010

Mounted police losing in budget battle across the nation

The cuts reflect a trend that has been growing in recent years

By Jeff Martin
USA Today

Police on horseback, a tradition that dates to the 1800s in some cities, are increasingly falling victim to budget cuts as cities struggle to maintain basic police services.

Mounted police units in cities including San Diego, Portland, Ore., and Clarksville, Tenn., have begun the process of disbanding this year. Units in Boston and Tulsa were eliminated last year.

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