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No reprieve this time as police horses axed again
1:02pm Friday 12th October 2012 in News
THE Essex Police Mounted Unit has been axed.
New homes will have to be found for the horses and new jobs for officers and staff after the unit was disbanded for a second time.
In 1999 Essex Police got rid of the popular horseback team, but the force brought it back in 2007 with the then chief constable describing it as possibly the best thing the force had done.
This time, following the latest u-turn, there will be no reprieve and some involved with the unit could lose their jobs.
Assistant Chief Constable Sue Harrison said: “We know that the public, police officers and staff hold the mounted section in great affection and the unit has provided great service over the years.
“However the financial pressures we face need to be met head on and inevitably difficult decisions have to be made.
“Officers based within the unit will take up new roles elsewhere in the force and staff members will be eligible for redeployment."