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View More Portland's Mounted Patrol again in the hot seat with start of budget season

February 6, 2014 | The budget season is upon us, and supporters of the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol are already fighting back, concerned by comments Commissioner Steve Novick made in a memo he sent to the media and others, questioning the unit's effectiveness.

Novick wrote that the mounted patrol is "largely ornamental" and questioned the sense of spending $860,000 on it. He said the unit appears to be largely for crowd control, but the city hasn't seen "marauding crowds'' for quite some time.

Novick also took issue with the bureau's Drugs and Vice Division and what he called "top-heavy" command staff, suggesting that some current public safety spending could be redirected to other city priorities.

On the heels of Novick's memo, the Facebook group "Save Portland's Mounted Patrol'' posted on its page an "Action Alert!!'' and urged supporters to contact Novick and explain why they believe the mounted patrol is important to Portland, "why our horses make a difference.''

"It's more than dollars, it's good sense,'' the alert says.

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