Mounted Patrol

Since 1981
40 Years of Service to the Community

HorsesbeachboarsheadHampton Mounted Police Officers Tim Hamlen and Joe Jones on Hampton Beach
with Boar's Head in the background. Click on the photo to see the enlarged version.
© 2001 Tim Kerber

mounted 1986

Archive photo of Hampton Mounted Patrol, approximately 1986
(Left to right: George "Skip" Bateman, Dennis Pelletier, John Galvin, Neal Socha, Joseph Galvin)
Thanks to Hampton Historian John Holman for the Photo.
You can read all about Hampton's Police History

smallAll4-1Archive 2001 - Mounted Officers
 Hspatrol_small On Patrol

 Mounted_arrest_smallMaking an arrest.

 Deputy Chief Dennis Pelletier(Ret) brought the Hampton Police Mounted Unit to life in 1981 with the support of the Department and many people in our Community.  The horses have been used ever since.  They can be seen routinely patrolling our sandy beaches.  They've also been very useful in helping manage the large crowds we see.  They are always a crowd favorite.

In addition to their regular patrols, they are used for Parades and Police Funerals. They've also competed in regional Mounted Patrol competitions.

A frequently asked question is about how the horses are cared for. The horses are kept on a spacious farm with several acres of grazing area. They are cared for very well by the owners of the farm. The officers who ride can frequently be found there on their own time, checking on them constantly and giving them plenty of exercise.

The horses are generally retired when they get to be in their early 20's. The officers are very familiar with each horses personality and characteristics. Because of this it is not difficult to determine when it is time for them to retire. We have an arrangement to have each retired horse spend their retirement days at a nearby farm where they are pampered even more.

Other Frequently Asked Questions:
1) Can I pet him? (Yes, as long as the officer gives the o.k. first)
2) What's his name? (That's answered above).
3) Can I take him for a ride? (No - unless you come and work for us!)
4) What do they eat? (Hay, grain and special feed. Sugar and carrots for a treat)
5) Can I feed him?  (No thank you.  We don't want them to get in the habit of expecting food from every hand that comes near their mouths).
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