The most important effect of the taboo is believed to be in building a close relationship between the police and the people.
Until the early twentieth century, cavalry police were an indispensable force in some European countries because of poor road conditions and large rural areas. Following the colonialism of European countries, the cavalry police force was gradually established in many parts of the world, including the US.
But today, with the development of modern means of transport, why do some places in America still have police on horseback patrol?
The average distance traveled by a policeman using a horse is equivalent to 10 cops walking, according to Dmagazine. From horseback, the police have the advantage of vision, from which to monitor events in a wide range. The high position of the police also helps people see the functional force from afar, and can quickly seek help in an emergency.
In addition, the presence of police on horseback is also effective in preventing crime. Once chased by the cavalry police, the offender was less likely to run faster. In some cases, the taboo unit is also used to control or disperse crowds that have gathered to cause public disorder.
But perhaps the most important effect of the police force is believed to be in building close relationships between the police and the public. Paul J. Browne (deputy chief inspector of the New York City police), joked that the unit’s horse was photographed more than Kim Kardashian.
According to Lieutenant Joseph McBride (the cavalry police unit, the Philadelphia city police department), when people approach and praise the animal, he often takes the opportunity to ask about local security.
Similarly, a police cavalry in New Castle County, Delaware state that some areas do not like going out to interact with the police for fear of being considered a fool, but they will come close horse, from there sharing information about shootings, murders, drug purchases, etc.
However, some argue that horseback patrol is more a nostalgic feeling of show off rather than practical application. Many cities have cut down on their forces or stopped operating cavalry police because of a lack of maintenance costs, not to mention special training costs. To overcome this, many localities have devised ways to apply for funding and ask for horse donations from many parts of the US to continue to maintain patrol forces on horseback.