Portland needs to keep the mounted patrol. They help people to see officers in a different light. If this 1200 lb+ animal can tolerate them, they must not be so bad :) I'll go out of my way to strike up a conversation with an officer on a horse. I wouldn't do that for an officer on a bike. Bikes just aren't interesting to me or to anyone I know. Horses are! Great conversation piece.
Maybe we should just cut down the number of bicycle cops and keep the mounted patrol. Maybe add a few more horses? There are plenty of horses who need a home and wouldn't mind the work. It's good for them.
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