Thursday, January 10, 2013

Police Horses to go to Washington

In honour of two #Toronto Police Service horses traveling to Washington DC for US President Obama's second inauguration, here is a look at some of the TPS mounted unit seen around our fair city.
Outside the US Consulate on University Avenue
Mounted unit horses Tecumseh and Honest Ed will be ridden by S/Insp Bill Wardle and Sgt Jim Patterson will take part in the January 21, 2013 celebration of the Obama's swearing in ceremony and re-election as the leader of the United States of America. His first inauguration four years ago set an attendance record with almost 1.8 million people attending.
Honest Ed was named by former Police Chief Julian Fantino in 2004, in honour of the late Ed Mirvish, and the horse participated in the 2008 inauguration . Tecumseh was named after a Shawnee leader which opposed the United States during Tecumseh's War and the War of 1812. Tecumseh died in battle in 1813.
The Toronto representatives, both horses and riders, are Canada's only law enforcement members to participate and they will join the parade as part of the Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team. “We have been considered part of the Michigan unit for over five years, during which time we have participated in a number of cross-border events,” Wardle said, who was also Queen Elizabeth II's escort commader during her 2010 visit to Toronto, and he continued “It’s quite an honour for the Service to be represented in an event that’s so important to the world.”

See more of the horses after the jump.

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