The NSW Mounted Police are Opening their door, and just like last year, are expecting a huge crowd. Last year over 5000 attended. This year they are confident, they will exceed their previous years attendance. NSW Mounted Police is the oldest Mounted Police still in operation in the world and they train their essential team members, the horses at Centennial Parklands.
In 1906 Police Headquarters were relocated to Phillip and Hunter Streets, Sydney and a year later , the Police Depot, was relocated from the Inner City, to Redfern in 1907. Since 1907, the Mounted Police have presided residence.
The Police Band will be entertaining you all day. The Police Pipe Band, more commonly known as No 21 Special Squad or the 21 Division. 21 Special Squad was the training centre for the Criminal Investigations Branch until it disbanded in 1894. The Police Band, formed in 1895, and the band has been going ever since, performing throughout NSW including Royal Easter Shows since 1895, Governor Escorts, Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2005 and 2010 and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012. The precise movement and timing involved indeed shows the incredible amount of training and practice by the Mounted Police. NSW Mounted Police attracted worldwide attention at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, for its impressive 20 minute display of police and horsemanship.
Visit the Police Dog Display. which NSW Police Dogs are considered the best trained police dogs worldwide. The Marine Command will have a small boat and diving gear for inspection.
In 1995, The Mounted Police Museum was introduced for the public to honour the proud history of the NSW Mounted Police. They conduct free tours see the bond between man and his horse, bring along some carrots for the horses to say thanks for their hard continuous task of public safety, searches for lost public members or escapees, assist in arrest situations and crowd control, sporting events especially at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Parades like Anzac Day with honourable guests are escorted by the Mounted Police.
It may take up to 2 years for the horses to complete their program of training. Horses are spelled (given a break through the year) and each horse receives a Troop Horse Name, many having a historical reference. The Mounted Police and Riot Police (OSG – Operational Support Group) foot police and Public Order Riot Squad (PORS) work hand in hand with each other to enforce a safe environment for the public. The horses are naturally only used as a last resort in these circumstances. The Mounted Police also assist in the procession or crowd control of State or Police funerals.
Today NSW Mounted Police entail of 36 Officers, 38 Horses, 9 Horse Groomers whose duties extend with running and maintaining the stables at Redfern. The Police supply their own saddlery and groom their horses themselves and mucking of the stables. Troop Drills, Crowd Control, Escort Duties and Equestrian Skills are practiced and reinforced with Horse and The Mounted Police once a week. Police also drive floats and trucks themselves to events and have extensive veterinary and farrier knowledge.
Come and Join in the Celebration of The 150th Year of Policing and the Celebration of The NSW Mounted Police and their team members, the Stars of the Day, the Horses.
Weekly Tours are conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am and bookings are essential and require a minimum number of 10 people and cannot exceed 30. Please book as far as possible in advance to avoid disappointment, as this is a very popular tour and is usually booked out weeks or months in advance For further information please contact, Inspector McFadden Ph: 9319 2154
Photos taken from the NSW Police website, here and here.