For the first time in more than sixty years, police officers on horseback will soon patrol the streets of Worcester, Massachusetts.
The Worcester police decided to bring four horses into the force because they offer unique advantages. They can help reach places inaccessible by car or bike, including wooded areas in the city's sixty parks. They can also make community policing easier, providing a conversation starter with residents.
What's more, Police Chief Steven Sargent said, horses — or "mounts" — are an effective force multiplier.