Mounted poice practice dealing with protests and demonstrations

Horses and officers from Thames Valley Police practiced dealing with protests and demonstrations on Thursday (November 20).

Friday, 21st November 2014, 12:11 pm
20-11-14 Public Order training with Horses - Photographer Alex Skennerton - © Thames Valley Police

About 20 officers and three horses from the force practiced tactics around keeping crowds apart, moving crowds back, and escorting groups.

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The practice, which took place at a training centre in Oxfordshire, was also an opportunity for foot officers to learn how to work with horses.

PC Kev Simmons, a mounted officer who took part in the session, said: “The horses carried out the exercises in a textbook fashion.

“They did what they are trained to do, and helped teach the officers on foot about how to work with horses and crowds.”