Brand new mounted facilities unveiled

Date published: 26 July 2019 14:24
Dated: 26 July 2019 15:23:37

Today (Friday 26 July 2019) our Chief Constable Stephen Watson officially opened brand new facilities for our mounted section at Ring Farm in Cudworth.

The building, which is currently home to ten police horses, has new showering, drying and changing facilities, a computer room and an breakout space for eating and resting. A building on the farm has also been refurbished and will now house the officers and staff, meaning that they can be based on the farm with their four-legged partners. 

South Yorkshire Police are one of 13 police forces in the UK with a mounted department. The mounted officers were previously based at Cudworth Police Station, but in 2018 it was decided that the horses would return to Ring Farm in Cudworth after being based in West Yorkshire. 

Today, the new facilities were officially opened in a ceremony led by Chief Constable Stephan Watson and Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Pauline Markham. 

New police horse Ben was also honoured with official name, Bradfield, for the occasion now that he has passed his four-week trial.

We’re proud to now have him on board as a permanent member of the team, and we're sure he'll fit right in with his horse-some new colleagues at Ring Farm. 

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