Funding for the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit was zeroed out by the City Council last spring amid protests and calls for reduced police spending following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. It looked like the end of the line for the oldest continuously operating police mounted unit in the country. “Now is the moment – every city dollar must count,” then Council President (now Mayor) Brandon Scott said, as the legislative body offered to cut $553,000 for the police horse program, among other reductions, to show they heard citizens’ calls to drastically shift priorities.
With three horses and five officers, BPD’s half-million-dollar mounted unit survives
April 26, 2021