Recent Center City Assaults and Attacks Illustrate Need for Increased Police Presence

August 2, 2011—Senator Larry Farnese today initiated a call to action for individuals and businesses to support the return of the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol Unit.

The recent assaults and attacks of several people in Center City illustrate the need for an increased police presence.  The Mounted Patrol has been shown to be an effective crime deterrent as well as an excellent means of crowd control.

“Time is of the essence,” said Senator Farnese.  “Public safety must be our first priority.”

Senator Farnese first called for the return of the Mounted Patrol Unit in March 2010.  In November 2010, Senator Farnese announced that he had secured $100,000 in state funding to jumpstart the fundraising effort at a news conference with City officials, the Philadelphia Police Foundation and other officials at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School.

Those who would like to help restore the Philadelphia Police Mounted Patrol can visit the Philadelphia Police Foundation website at www.phillypolicefoundation.org.  The Police Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department by funding projects that are beyond the scope of the City budget.

Senator Farnese emphasized the importance of the Mounted Unit in a February 22nd segment of the “One Great Idea” series on philly.com. » Watch

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