- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Police in Grand Rapids plan to begin patrolling on horseback.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is partnering with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department for some city officers to work with the mounted unit.

The police department notes there are several benefits of having officers on horses, including offering a better vantage point, controlling crowds and interacting positively with the public.

Officers involved in the effort will participate in training sessions. The Grand Rapids Press reports four officers could be trained by summer.

Police Chief David Rahinsky says there’s no new cost to the city. The sheriff’s department has several horses in its mounted unit.

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