(February 6, 2014) Mayor Pedro E. Segarra announced today that, through community donations, the City of Hartford’s Mounted Patrol would remain active through at least June 30. The City recently received a donation from Halloran & Sage LLP covering the unit’s funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Originally established in 1985, Hartford’s Mounted Patrol Unit consists of four officers and four horses, although recent cutbacks have limited it to three. When continued budget reductions threatened to dismantle the unit entirely, the Hartford Police Department (HPD) initiated a private fundraising campaign. Several downtown businesses and civic groups responded with donations.
“We know how much everyone loves the Mounted Patrol, so I’m glad the support was there,” said Mayor Segarra. “They do provide a great service for our parks. Hopefully with continued support we can keep them active.”
Halloran & Sage Managing Partner William J. McGrath Jr. is pleased to donate the funds. “The horse patrols instill confidence and make our citizens more likely to use our parks and public spaces. It is an important community service and we are happy to be involved. As a long established Hartford law firm, we are proud to sustain this important public service through the fiscal year."
Plans for the next fiscal year are to be determined.
For Immediate Release: February 6, 2014
Contact: Maribel La Luz