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Tour the Portland Equestrian Police Patrol Facility

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the West Linn Adult Community Center will tour the Portland Equestrian Police Patrol Facility March 12. Sign up to join the fun.

You’ve seen them, at least on TV if not in person. They are the Portland Police Bureau’s Mounted Patrol Units, cops on horseback. No cowboy hats. They combat street crime, are used for crowd control and deal with problems in the city’s parks.

The West Linn Adult Community Center is planning a bus trip downtown to tour the Equestrian Police Patrol Facility and enjoy lunch at Claim Jumper afterward. It will take place March 12, leaving from the WLACC at 10 a.m. and returning about 2 p.m. The bus ride is $10; lunch is on your own.

The mounted patrols are particularly effective method of crime control in the downtown area because they can patrol slower and more thoroughly than a police car. Additionally, they are highly visible and can access a congested area quickly.

On the tour, you will learn how the horses and officers are selected and trained, what they eat (The horses and officers do not share the same diet, in case you were wondering.) and who cares for the animals. You will also learn how the horses are selected.

A recent visitor had this to say about the tour experience: “I toured their facilities, and loved it. The tour was about an hour, conducted by one of the trainers, and was fascinating in its depth, insights and information. The physical tour of the facility was complete — we saw the training areas, the horses, and some of their officer riders, the tack, the exercise areas. But mostly it was the insights into the life of the horses and officers, the training and issues that added such depth and fun to the tour. Excellent tour! Cute little gift shop, too.”

If you would like to go on this bus trip, sign up at the front desk of the WLACC and pay your $10.

The monthly calendar of events for the WLACC is now available online, and it includes lunch menus. Go to City of West Linn, Departments, Parks & Recreation, Adult Community Center, Newsletter.

Questions? Lunch menu information? Call the WLACC at 503-557-4704. We are located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn 97068.

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