Worcester, MA (February 14, 2017) - The Worcester Police Mounted Patrol Unit will graduate Tuesday, February 21st at 11 a.m. after completing 10 weeks of training conducted by the Massachusetts State Police. The ceremony will be held inside the training arena at the state police barn in Acton.
Media are invited to attend the graduation.
Massachusetts State Police Sgt. John Linquata and Worcester Police Lt. Joseph Ashe will provide opening remarks along with an introduction to the Mounted Patrol Unit. City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. and Chief Steven M. Sargent will also address the class during the ceremony.
Immediately following the graduation, the new Mounted Patrol Unit will provide a demonstration of their training exercises.
In December, seven officers began intense training with the Massachusetts State Police Mounted Patrol Unit. The training consisted of a combination of classroom study, basic equitation, along with exercises providing officers with the skills necessary to perform the duties of a mounted patrol officer on horseback. It will take a few more months for the officers to hone their riding skills and prepare their horses before patrolling in the city. The officers expect to receive their first patrolling assignments during the summer months.
The Massachusetts Mounted Unit Barn is located at: 50 Wetherbee St, Acton, MA 01720.