South Yorkshire's mounted department "will stay"

Left to right - PC Kate Leake, Cllr Charlie Wraith, Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, PCC Shaun Wright and PC Ruth Dickens Photo: South Yorkshire police

South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has announced that South Yorkshire's mounted department is set to stay.

There were reports that the mounted division could be merged with other neighbouring forces to try and save money.

South Yorkshire Police is struggling to fined £43 million of budget cuts.

“After careful consideration and reviewing all the evidence presented to me I decided that it would be best for the public of South Yorkshire if we maintained our own dedicated mounted section. I believe safeguarding the Force’s mounted section will help achieve my policing priorities, as the horses improve South Yorkshire Police’s visibility and help reduce crime."

– South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Shaun Wright
Left to right -PC Kate Leake, Cllr Charlie Wraith, PCC Shaun Wright, and PC Ruth Dickens Credit: South Yorkshire police