Pupils at Bramley Sunnyside Junior School in Rotherham have yesterday (10 January) had a special visit from our Mounted Police Unit as their pupil, Maddison Palmer, won our Christmas card competition.
150 children from across South Yorkshire entered the competition. Our Chief Constable Watson chose his favourite five cards and the public decided the winner by voting on social media.
Nine-year-old Maddison received 563 votes for her snowman design card. The Christmas card was then sent electronically to all of our partner organisations to wish them a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
To say well done and thank you to Maddison, PC Dave Walker, PC Julie Bradshaw, PC Lindsay Crew, PC Michelle Hudson, PC Tracey Brown and PC Rachel Hodgkinson took their horses Brinsworth, Woody, Eastwood, Treeton, Stockbridge and Hoober to Bramley Sunnyside Primary School.
The children had the opportunity to learn more about how police horses are used within the force, ask questions and meet the horses up close.
Six-year-old horse ‘Woody’ is new to the force and currently undergoing his training. To help Woody become familiar with the sights and sounds of world, the children made lots of noise, jumped around and gave him rounds of applause of encouragement, which they all enjoyed.
Temporary Police Sergeant Dave Driver said: “Being a mounted officer is a unique type of policing and as a section we attend a wide variety of incidents, however it is days like today, putting smiles on kids’ faces that puts smiles on our faces too.”
You can follow the work of our Mounted Police Unit on Twitter- @SYPOperations
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