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Will you notice the passage of the mounted police?

johnboy 6 April 2011 21

The ABC has the surprising news that Canberra’s mounted police unit is being axed.

With just two police involved it seems unlikely they’d ever have more than one available when needed which might explain the axing.

We’ve got a question in with the AFP as to what will become of the horses.

UPDATE: This in from an AFP spokesperson:

In early May, the horses will be given to the NSW Mounted Police.
Until that time, the AFP will continue to care for the horses in their current facilities.


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p1 p1 11:11 am 11 Apr 11

buzz819 said :

I think you will find they use horses to move protesters back, like some Police use shields, batons, water cannons, tear gas or fire arms.

Nothin’ says “Move Back”, like a good trampling. 🙂

buzz819 buzz819 9:56 am 11 Apr 11

fgzk said :

vg said :

“It is not like we were ever going to use them to trample protesters like in the UK.”

You think they’re not trained to?

And yes that’s what the horses are used for, to ‘trample on’ protestors. Numpty

In Victoria they use horses to “trample” protesters.

I think you will find they use horses to move protesters back, like some Police use shields, batons, water cannons, tear gas or fire arms.

p1 p1 9:52 am 11 Apr 11

vg said :

“It is not like we were ever going to use them to trample protesters like in the UK.”

You think they’re not trained to?

And yes that’s what the horses are used for, to ‘trample on’ protestors. Numpty

Sorry, I had forgotten the unwritten RiotAct rule preventing the use of subtle exaggeration for humour, the enforcing of which you devote yourself to.

I guess, were I not to use subtle humour, but to clearly and comprehensibly explain myself, I would have said the we (meaning the people of Canberra, who’s interest the police act for) will hardly be using the horses for crowd control at mass protests, what with there being only two of them. That is not to say they could not be used, and used effectively is such a situation, however they would only ever be a small part of such action (as there is only two of them….).

It’s not like I suggested police use jetskis to search a lake or anything.

fgzk fgzk 7:59 am 11 Apr 11

vg said :

“It is not like we were ever going to use them to trample protesters like in the UK.”

You think they’re not trained to?

And yes that’s what the horses are used for, to ‘trample on’ protestors. Numpty

In Victoria they use horses to “trample” protesters.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 6:41 am 11 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

“We’ve got a question in with the AFP as to what will become of the horses.”

Burgers.

Glue.

vg vg 10:43 pm 10 Apr 11

“It is not like we were ever going to use them to trample protesters like in the UK.”

You think they’re not trained to?

And yes that’s what the horses are used for, to ‘trample on’ protestors. Numpty

Not Not 4:54 pm 10 Apr 11

“Quiet” You re making me horse!!!

Bluey Bluey 8:51 am 07 Apr 11

Pommy bastard said :

“We’ve got a question in with the AFP as to what will become of the horses.”

Burgers.

I lol’d

Ive seen them in Adelaide too. Shame to see them go, probably buy two more yamahas for cops to hoon about on instead. Perhaps another jetski?

KB1971 KB1971 5:27 pm 06 Apr 11

troll-sniffer said :

KB1971 said :

Is your shift button broken?

you’re fighting a losing battle in this era, I on the other hand am willing to embrace the new easier typing, even if only partially

I don’t really care, I changed never to ever as the sentence was unreadable.

I just couldn’t help myself but to have a dig at Astro because of the hypocracy of it all 🙂

astrojax astrojax 3:52 pm 06 Apr 11

KB1971 said :

Is your shift button broken?

as broken as e.e. cummings’…

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 3:40 pm 06 Apr 11

KB1971 said :

Is your shift button broken?

you’re fighting a losing battle in this era, I on the other hand am willing to embrace the new easier typing, even if only partially

johnboy johnboy 3:07 pm 06 Apr 11

This in from an AFP spokesperson:

“In early May, the horses will be given to the NSW Mounted Police.
Until that time, the AFP will continue to care for the horses in their current facilities.”

KB1971 KB1971 2:53 pm 06 Apr 11

Is your shift button broken?

KB1971 KB1971 2:51 pm 06 Apr 11

astrojax said :

KB1971 said :

*ever*

and “quite”?

You had me thinking there but I think I used the term correctly in a slangy/conversation sense (which is what a forum is, a written conversation).

If I was writing a novel I may have restructured my sentence.

Pommy bastard Pommy bastard 2:41 pm 06 Apr 11

“We’ve got a question in with the AFP as to what will become of the horses.”

Burgers.

astrojax astrojax 2:29 pm 06 Apr 11

KB1971 said :

*ever*

and “quite”?

and wouldn’t we note the ‘passing’, not the ‘passage’? i wasn’t there at the start, so no, i couldn’t note their whole passage… [/picky grammar rant] 😉

KB1971 KB1971 11:47 am 06 Apr 11

*ever*

KB1971 KB1971 10:46 am 06 Apr 11

We saw them in civic before Xmas, they stopped & had a chat & let us pat their horses. A couple of the nicest coppers you would never meet. I quite like the idea of coppers on horses, gives the place a bit of character.

There are quire a few running round melbourne.

p1 p1 10:43 am 06 Apr 11

I know horses are expensive, but I would have thought it worth the money for the community relations potential. Having them ride around at the multicultural festival, Floriade, Canberra show etc, let the kiddies see them out and about.

It is not like we were ever going to use them to trample protesters like in the UK.

Siren Siren 10:41 am 06 Apr 11

Yes, I’ll miss them. The horses add the traditional element to parades and are great to see around. Kids love them and patting the horses gives normal people a chance to interact with Police when they wouldn’t otherwise approach.
It’s just a pity more Police weren’t able to be part of the cadre on a paid basis. According to a friend, most of the crew were volunteers.
I’ve seen Police horses on patrol in Melbourne, NSW, even Darwin – it’s such a shame to see them lost in Canberra.

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