INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In the past, the Monon Trail has had it's share of problems. Bikers and joggers have been attacked along the 16-mile stretch. This year as activity increases on the trail police have decided to add mounted officers on horses.
"They are a big force to be reckoned with," IMPD Sergeant Allan Whitesell said.
According to IMPD, one mounted officer on a horse in a crowd is equivalent to eight officers attempting to move a crowd. Officers on horse patrols have better visibility because they sit up high.
This advantage allows the investigators to point out suspicious activity quicker.
The primary horse patrols are on Wednesdays during daylight. That is a tentative schedule, however IMPD reiterated the horses could pop up on any day along the trail.
Residents seemed please about sharing the trails with horses. No more than two horses are schedule to be on the trail at the same time.
"That is extra safety that I will take," Kevin Williams, a Monon walker said.
Officers are required to clean up any waste the horses leave on the trail.
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