SQ hooves on patrol

Record Staff

Sûreté du Québec (SQ) patrollers have found a unique way to maintain social distancing. They are around 16 hands high, riding horseback in local communities.
Meet Paolo and Yamaska, spotted earlier this week in the Maxi parking lot in Richmond.
At the beginning of 2019, the SQ created an equestrian team in order to increase its outreach, particularly at the community level. This team, composed of riders as well as escorts from police and civilian personnel, was a pilot project for the past two years before being deployed throughout the province. The teams circulate to ensure public safety and foster closer ties with the community. The team is made up of eight Canadian horses and six miniature horses, which rotate around the territory served by the SQ.
Don’t worry, the miniature horses aren’t out on the streets chasing down lawbreakers. The miniatures are brought to certain events and outreach initiatives to foster positive contact with the general public as well as vulnerable groups such as sick children, the handicapped and the elderly.

Published in the Thursday, April 16 edition of The Record.

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