- Associated Press - Friday, August 12, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A ceremony was held at Roger Williams Park to introduce three new police horses that were donated to the Providence Police Department.

Lt. Michelle Guerette says Charlie, Goliath and Perk - all former farm horses - are now set to embark on new careers with the police department’s Mounted Command.

Charlie, a 4-year-old Clydesdale, and Perk, an 8-year-old Percheron/Standardbred Cross Gelding, were both gifted by Nancy Rankin Scarton. Goliath, an 8-year-old Percheron, was donated by the Nardolillo family.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Paré says horse-mounted police fill an important niche in the 21st century. Police Chief Hugh Clements Jr. says horses maneuver better in crowds than cars and provide a better view than someone standing on the ground.

With the additions, the force’s Mounted Command now consists of eight horses.



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