Detroit-based company to continue funding Detroit police horses

The unit has a long history of police work dating all the way back to 1893.

• Click on Detroit reports:

The Detroit Police Department’s mounted unit is one of the oldest in the country, and it will be around for at least the next three years thanks to a funding commitment that was announced Tuesday.

Police Chief James Craig said Detroit-based global IT staffing company, Strategic Staffing Solutions, will continue to sponsor the police horses.

The unit has a long history of police work that dates back to 1893. The unit was at its peak in the 1970s when it was five barns, 80 officers, and more than 60 horses.

It took a downfall in 2005 when Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick shut down the patrol due to budget cuts. It wasn’t until 2009 that the unit reopened as a privately supported organization through the safety foundation.

• The Detroit News, also reporting on the sponsorship renewal adds:

In March, the mounted unit announced on social media it was adding another horse, for a total of six horses and six officers and two sergeants. According to its Facebook page, horses are donated or on contractual loan.

At its peak in the 1970s, the unit had five barns, 80 officers and more than 60 horses.

The unit is stationed in Palmer Park and has taken over the former Parks and Recreation facility.


On July 24, 1951, the city of Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary. To honor the occasion, a number of special events were held. This photo, shot by Howard McGraw of the Detroit News, depicts the Detroit police on horseback with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) standing in front, likely part of a parade. Both groups stand in front of the old Statler hotel (since demolished) located on Washington Blvd, near Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit. Photo Credit:

10 horses rescued from Detroit warehouse

Horses found abandoned Detroit warehouse. Photo: Michigan Humane Society.
Horses found abandoned Detroit warehouse. Photo: Michigan Humane Society.
One of 10 abandoned horses discovered in a Detroit warehouse is comforted by a Michigan Humane Society worker. The horses have now been taken into care. A full investigation is underway.

TOM GREENWOOD reporting for the Detroit News writes:

“Early Tuesday afternoon members of the Michigan Humane Society, Detroit Animal Rescue and the Detroit Police Department rescued 10 neglected horses from a crumbling cinderblock warehouse on the city’s west side.

“The horses, some with heavily matted fur, protruding ribs and neglected hooves, were confined in a warehouse with broken windows and a sagging ceiling.

“The only apparent food was a few mounds of hay heaped on a muddy floor.

“Peaceful and trusting, the animals were led past heaps of debris to trailers which took them to a facility run by the International League for the Protection of Horses.”

Anyone interesting in donating can do so through its web site at or by calling (866) MHUMANE (648-6263) Monday through Friday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Continue reading, view video report >>

The Detroit Free Press reports:

“[Michigan] Humane Society officials would not release the name of the owner of the horses. The horses are being treated by the International League for the Protection of Horses of Michigan, but Humane Society officials would not comment on their injuries.

“The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said the abuse is under investigation.” Read more >>


Mounted Police Horses get new home in Detroit

Residents Can Meet Mounted Horses At Open House July 24th

Cross-posted from Channel 4 — ClickOnDetroit

The new barn located at 9000 Merrill Plaisance in Palmer Park was unveiled in a press conference.

The Detroit Mounted Police was founded in 1893 to corral loose farm animals. The mounted patrol was disbanded in 2005, but was reinstated in June. About 600 officers have served with the Mounted Police over time. It peaked in 1979 with 65 horses and 56 officers.

The horses mainly played a role in ceremonial and community events, but Police Chief Warren Evans said the mounted officers mean business.

“They write an average of 10-12 tickets a day, they make three to four arrests a week. They’re not just smiling and looking good,” he said. Read full story >> View video story >>

This is so exciting. Congratulations Detroit. As you can see from the body language of the adults and children in the video story, horses have a magic way of making people feel good in a way completely unique to them. What ambassadors horses are wherever they go. -Ed.