Ocean City Police Dept. welcomes new horse to mounted force
OCEAN CITY, Md. – Beach season may be over, but that doesn’t mean the Ocean City Police Department takes a break.
Saddling up for next summer, OCPD welcomes a new horse to the mounted police force.
Officers welcome “Moose.” Moose is a three year-old Belgian Cross breed horse ready to make his debut on the force.
OCPD says having the mounted unit is like having a nine or ten foot police officer which provides a better vantage point.
Not only are officers trained to to ride horseback, but they are also skilled to handcuff offenders and shoot all while riding on the back of a horse.
Corporal Chip Green tells 47 ABC the horses also allow officers to develop a better relationship with the community since, he says, people on the boardwalk can’t get enough of the horses.
Corporal Green said, “With the mounted unit we’re highly visible and its a deterrent to criminal activity and for people wishing to seek out a police officer, we actually sit above the crowd.”
Moose’s debut will now bump the number of horses up to five on the mounted unit. OCPD will train him to get him beach-season ready.