Detroit mounted unit sponsorship renewed

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

A Detroit-based company is renewing its sponsorship of one of the oldest mounted units in the country for the next three years.

Strategic Staffing Solutions will support the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Unit through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

Taking a selfie with the Detroit Police Department Mounted Unit is Corporal Renee Stanley. The Mounted Unit behind her include Jeff Weiss, from left, Karl Gunther, Kevin King, Jerrod Willis, and Sgt. Douglas Muston.

The unit was founded in 1893. In 2005, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick shut it down due to budget cuts. In 2009, the unit reopened as a privately supported organization through the safety foundation.

Strategic Staffing Solutions, a global IT staffing company, began sponsoring the mounted unit in August 2014, saying it would continue through 2015. A donation of $37,500 supported the unit’s cost for hay, feed, medication and other expenses. It costs $20 a day to support one horse.

The foundation and Police Chief James Craig will announce the sponsorship Tuesday at the Detroit Police Department Mounted Unit, 910 Merrill Plaisance.

The mounted unit patrols neighborhoods, big public events, the Detroit riverfront and casinos.

In March, the mounted unit announced on social media it was adding another horse, for a total of six horses and six officers and two sergeants. According to its Facebook page, horses are donated or on contractual loan.

At its peak in the 1970s, the unit had five barns, 80 officers and more than 60 horses.

The unit is stationed in Palmer Park and has taken over the former Parks and Recreation facility.

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