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St. Louis department dismantles mounted patrol

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST LOUIS, Mo. — Generations of St. Louis children have fond memories of meeting a mounted St. Louis police officer in Forest Park. The officer's uniform would be sharply creased, his (or lately, her) trousers tucked into shining black riding boots. The horse would be impeccably groomed and tacked-out, and usually would be willing to be petted.

Mounted patrols are a great community relations tool for police departments, but a growing number of police departments around the country have decided mounted patrols are a luxury they no longer can afford. That decision now confronts the St. Louis Police Department.

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