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Mounted unit at Kingston police saved

November 27, 2019  By Staff

Photo via Bryan Paterson, Twitter

According to a CBC article, Kingston Police Service’s horse, Murney, was set to be “put out to pasture,” as the force makes room for more officers by retiring the mounted unit. However earlier this week, Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson tweeted “Very happy to announce that Kingston Police Chief McNeely and city staff have been able to adjust the 2020 police budget to keep Murney in action. The mounted unit is a great way to bridge connections between police and the community.”

Chief Antje McNeely told CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning earlier this month it was a difficult call to eliminate the unit, but it will allow them to hire 10 new officers.

“We had some tough discussions within our senior leadership team, but we knew that — in order to be able to hire 10 new officers — that we had to come down with some number crunching.”

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