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Dansk Folkeparti requesting mounted police in Copenhagen

Police patrols on horseback command respect and can increase security in the streets

The last mounted police patrols left the streets of Copenhagen in 2002 (photo: iStock)
November 6th, 2015 11:51 am| by Lucie Rychla

Dansk Folkeparti (DF) is requesting the deployment of mounted police back to the streets of Copenhagen as part of the police reform negotiations, reports Politiko.

The party believes police patrols on horseback command natural respect and can increase security in the streets.

“They can be used in congested residential areas or in the night time, when there are groups of drunk people,” Peter Skaarup, the spokesperson from DF told Politiko.

“Horses create calmness and connection with citizens and command respect.”

The last horseback patrols strode the streets of the Danish capital in 2012.

The Copenhagen police possess a total of ten horses, which have been kept in good shape and could be used again, according to Skaarup.

The employment of mounted police units would cost 9 million kroner.

While DF believes the costs are justifiable, the party’s main request for the new police reforms is to hire 2,000 new policemen and to introduce some form of border controls again.