Minneapolis police mounted patrol says goodbye to Oliver
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -
After 13 years and more than 1,200 events, the Minneapolis Police Department said goodbye to mounted patrol horse Oliver Friday afternoon.
"You are expecting them to keep you safe and at the same time that horse is expecting you to keep them safe as well. So definitely, there's a connection through all that training and doing police work with that horse that comes over those years," Sgt. Molly Fischer of the MPD's Mounted Patrol Unit said.
Oliver joined the force at the age of 6 years old and according to the Department it is rare for a horse to serve on the Mounted Patrol Unit for more than a dozen years.
In 2001, Oliver was named Officer of the Month as he helped a Sergeant chase down a shooting suspect and had a lead role in working patrol detail during the Republican National Convention.
Two members of the Stearns County Mounted Reserve will give Oliver his retirement home where he will still serve in a couple of parades.