Proposal To Keep Some Of RPD's Mounted Patrol
Rochester City Council members have come with a plan to keep some of the police department's mounted patrol. Mayor Tom Richards' budget eliminated the patrol, with Richards saying he'd rather re-assign the officers involved to units that fight violent crime.
The legislation submitted by council members would restore four officers to the mounted patrol and keep five horses as part of the unit. City Council members say in recent weeks they have received numerous requests from constituents to keep the unit.
Under the new proposal, the patrol would go from seven officers to four, with the remaining three to be with the tactical unit as originally proposed.
The amendment will be voted on along with the rest of the city budget on Tuesday night.