Friends of Portland's Mounted Patrol Launches $400,000 Fundraising Effort


Now that they've gotten their way, the Friends of the Mounted Patrol need to make hay.Mayor Charlie Hales agreed to keep the Portland Police's horse unit—set to be cut—in an announcement last week. But there was one caveat: the Friends need to raise $400,000 for the next two years to cover non-operational costs such as facility operations, saddles, and other equipment.The nonprofit group has now ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Horse Trading

Killing the mounted patrol has a hidden benefit for the city: saving the PDC millions.

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Monty the police horse strains against the fence of his paddock, sticking his neck out to munch on a bush that is just out of his reach. A runner jogging along Northwest Naito Parkway stops to tak   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Supporters of Police Mounted Patrol Now Have Online Petition

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The online rally for the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol continues, this time with an online petition to the City Council.The nine-horse unit isn't part of Mayor Charlie Hales' budget proposal; it's been cut to save about $1.1 million.The petition has drawn more than 1,300 signatures since Saturday—and each time someone signs on, the Mayor and City Council get an email.From the ...   More
Monday, May 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Police Horses Would be Returned to Owners, Sold if Unit Folds

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As it has been in previous budget cycles, the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol is on the chopping block.And though mounted patrol-supporter and developer Bob Ball has stepped up with an extra $150,000 in funding, and Facebook fans are rallying to save the unit, it appears this year may actually be the end for the horse unit.But Portland police offered only a vague answer about what would become ...   More
Thursday, May 2, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Bob Ball Offers an Extra $150,000 to Save Mounted Patrol

Non-profit is creating a $5,000-a-horse sponsorship program


Bob Ball is making another bid to save the Portland Police Bureau's mounted patrol unit.The Pearl District condo developer made the city an offer this month through the non-profit Friends of Portland's Mounted Patrol to increase its annual contribution to the horseback cops from $25,000 to $75,000 annually for the next three years. The annual mounted patrol budget is $1.2 million. Both the Police Bureau ...   More
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 AARON MESH

What Portland's Mounted Police Patrol Did Last Weekend

Here's some video from a training this past weekend by the Portland Police's mounted patrol unit. The idea was to do some crowd control training with a few dozen volunteers acting as sign-waving protesters complete with fire and smoke bombs. Looks pretty tame compared to an actual Portland protest, and I think the sign urging the arrest of Sharon (I'm assuming a reference to Ariel Sharon) is ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 HANK STERN


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