Mounted Section Officer video transcript
Mounted Section Officer
I’m Kevin Simmons and I’m a Police Officer on Thames Valley Police’s Mounted Section. So my two horses are Aurora, who’s only five, so she’s in training at the moment, she’s what we call a remale and Mallory, who’s slightly older, he’s 14 now so he’s slightly older.
I joined Thames Valley Police because one, I wanted to help people, I like the idea of being a police officer and everything that involved and also I liked the idea of working in public order situations, particularly on the horses.
Training of them is going to be the biggest aspect of it because not every horse is going to be suitable for the job so it’s quite tricky sometimes when you get a horse on trial to decide whether you think it’s going to be capable to work; then once you make that decision you’ve got to go through with the training and get them to do the job.
When the horses aren’t out and about working, they’re in their stables, so when we come in in the morning, if you’re on an early turn, you have to come in and you muck out, feed them, hay them, all the general stuff you do with normal horses, us officers have to do exactly the same thing – grooming them, getting ready to go out on patrol, cleaning their tack, all the normal stuff you expect to do on a yard as well as the policing aspect of things as well.
It’s quite a long process, you obviously have to become a police officer to start with and progress, get through your three year probation and like in any job, you’ve got to prove yourself, become a good police officer before you look to either be promoted or get on to a specialist department.
I like working for Thames Valley and being able to give something back to the community, so I try and do work outside of policing with groups like British Horse Society and Horse Watch, so it’s helping give something back to the community, particularly the equestrian community as well as the bigger role in policing when you’re trying to maintain order and all the normal stuff you expect a police officer to do. It’s nice to have that responsibility.
Horse Watch is a group which has been set up, it’s like Country Watch but it deals with, particularly with equestrian related crime so we share information if there’s any intelligence about people going around yards, we provide crime prevention advice, how to prevent being a victim of equine related crime. When people come over to see the horses, it gives me an opportunity to talk to them so if I’m in an area where there’s a particular crime it allows me to talk to those people to give them crime prevention advice.
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