MPD Mounted Patrol Foundation receives donation to acquire new horse, 'Athena'
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The MPD Mounted Patrol Foundation has added a new horse to the herd after receiving a generous donation.
The news comes days after the foundation announced the death of retired Officer Prince, the longest-serving equine offer in the history of the MPD Mounted Patrol.
"The horses are the greatest asset to the police department. They're a great tool for communication and building a better relationship with the community," said Michelle Stinson, Executive Vice President of the MPD Mounted Patrol Foundation.
The foundation was created in 2019 to help maintain the needs of the mounted patrol unit.
"We started with a mission to provide any funds needed for items outside of the city's budget for the horses," said Stinson.
Athena will officially begin her training next week but has a long way to go before joining the ranks of the others.
"For probably the next couple years, Athena will be on the bench getting work part time until she becomes a full time horse that an officer will take out every day," said Sgt. Logan Jeffery, who is in charge of the mounted patrol unit.