The Jammu and Kashmir Police today launched first 'Mounted' Police Squad' in Udhampur for crime control and maintenance of law and order in busy markets and By-lanes.
As per official spokesperson, Udhampur police is initially going to deploy Mounted Police Squads in the town. "If the scheme succeeded it would be implemented in other busy towns, hilly areas and the areas where the vehicular movement is not practically possible" he added. Unlike the traditional policing practices, the Mounted Police Squad riding on horses will perform its crime and Law & Order duties dressed in riding uniforms and well equipped with equipments including wireless sets, pistols and handy PA systems as per requirement, he added. Because of their mobile mass and height advantage, Mounted Police is increasingly used in UK for crime prevention and high visibility policing roles like crowd control, spokesperson claimed.
"In future, similar Mounted Police squads would be deployed for riot control duty, where the horse serves to intimidate those whom it is desired to disperse through its larger size, or may be sent in to detain trouble makers or offenders from the crowd" he informed further, adding, "Mounted officers may also be involved with other duties such as search and rescue operations, traffic control, and pursuit of suspects.