Stockton’s newest additions to the police force are ready to patrol the streets. Smokey, Cabo, and Diesel are ready to go to work as the newest members of the horse patrol.
Bankruptcy sidelined the Stockton Police mounted horse patrol 10 years ago. But 6 officers, two female and 4 male officers, are back in the saddle again and ready to ride to the rescue.
Sgt. Chuck Harris leads this posse and says in the upcoming Christmas shopping season, the mounted patrol can be a valuable asset in the mall parking lots to deter theft and car break-ins.
“On horseback, it’s actually perfect situation where these horses can be in those places," says Harris. "The horses can mingle with the crowd, so it’s win-win.”
Harris says the horses can also go where patrol cars can’t such as into parks and up hills and be effective in crowd control.
The program won’t cost the city this time around with the officers paying for the horses, their upkeep, and their training.