The Force’s Mounted Section plays a pivotal role in public order and mainstream policing.
The Mounted Section, which was established in 1985, is staffed by one sergeant, eight full-time police officers and four police grooms. At present, there are nine horses in the Mounted Section.
The aims of the Mounted Section are:
- To provide a mounted public order response across Thames Valley.
- To support police areas with targeted high-visibility patrols.
- To provide a response to rural and urban searches - for example, assisting with searching for missing people.
- To provide mounted escort protection at military and royal events.
Mounted public order response
The Mounted Section launches a mounted response to any planned or spontaneous public disorder in Thames Valley. This includes policing football matches at four grounds in the Force area and helping to maintain public order and safety at demonstrations and marches.
Targeted high-visibility patrols
The majority of the Mounted Section’s work and time is dedicated to providing high-visibility patrols.
The Mounted Section has been deployed in all of the main towns and cities across the Force area, and also in many smaller towns and villages. Each of our horseboxes is fully self-contained, allowing the section to park and operate in rural areas.
Horse Watch and rider safety
The Mounted Section supports Horse Watch, an initiative which aims to combat equine crime. The initiative aims to raise awareness of equine crime and improve communication and security among horse owners and riders. It is run in a similar style to Neighbourhood Watch.
All Thames Valley Police horses are retired to the Home of Rest for Horses (opens new window), based in Speen near Princes Risborough.