Orange County Sheriff adds mounted patrols to Disney Springs

Posted Thursday, December 31, 2015 9:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Orange County Sheriff's Office's mounted patrol unit is expected to start patrolling at Disney Springs next month. Disney and a sheriff's spokesman wouldn't disclose how often the horses will walk the premises.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, December 31, 2015 1:44 PM

Watch your step!

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Thursday, December 31, 2015 2:13 PM

And "Please, watch your kids". Them horsies are workin' and this ain't a petting zoo.

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Friday, January 1, 2016 7:08 PM

In today's day and age, I'm surprised that mounted patrols still exist.

While I'm sure there is proven law enforcement theory that putting a cop on a giant horse works, I would think that bicycle or segway patrols would allow greater flexibility and movement in crowds.

But I'm not a law enforcement expert and I'm sure that the OC Sheriff's Department knows what they are doing.

Last edited by Hanging n' Banging, Friday, January 1, 2016 8:12 PM
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Friday, January 1, 2016 8:52 PM

From what I have heard, an advantage is horse mounted police have better view of crowds. There is also power and intimidation that comes with the size and strength of horses. Officers are less vulnerable up on a horse. Horses are something of an ultimate all terrain transportation. You can move quickly through crowds (people will get out of the way of a 2000 pound animal). And I suspect the officers involved like horses.

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Friday, January 1, 2016 9:38 PM

Horses provide height and accessibility. The officers have an overview of the immediate area and the horses can more easily go places cars cannot -- and as GoBucks notes, most people have enough common sense to get out of the way of a horse.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:17 AM

We have a mounted police unit in Cleveland. It's fun to see the horses at public events and when they are just observing, the horses seem to be a hit with the kids who come up to check out the horse. A think a mounted unit has both a practical use and is also good PR for the police dept.

Last edited by Pete, Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:17 AM
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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:23 AM

So, just to clarify - an officer, mounted on a horse is *not* security theater... But passing through a metal detector and having someone look in my bags is?

Right. Got it.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:25 AM

I'm not aware that anyone is arguing that other than you.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:27 AM

Who is arguing?

I just find it interesting that the same crowd that complains about one thing is amazed and, seeming ok with the other.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 8:08 PM

One thing is a professional police officer on patrol doing what cops do. He just happens to be on a horse rather than in a car or on foot. They don't bother you unless they have a legal reason to detain.

The other is security theater that has been well documented here on what it is..

Two entirely different things.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:31 PM

I would argue that a horse is more "theatrical" than a wand or a bag check.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016 11:51 PM

The cop on the horse isn't waving a wand in my personal space.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:03 AM

Yet...

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:06 AM

And you have every right to not have that wand waved in your personal space. Stay away from private properties that have that type of security.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:13 AM

Not clear on how you're equating an officer on a horse ("Oh, look, there's a police officer on a horse over there") with security theater ("Oh, look, there's a minimum wage employee in a security costume demanding that I allow them to be within inches of my body with a scanner that may or may not be functional")...

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:26 AM

Not sure how you done get what he's saying. They're both people put in a position of authority on private property to give the appearance that things are safer than they are.

And what does how much someone make have to do with anything? Those paid security personnel aren't demanding you do anything. You're a customer demanding to be let in to a park. The park is demanding you consent to their screening or GTFO.

It's so demeaning to even say that because a working person is making minimum wage doing their job that that is somehow lessens them because they're doing it for minimum wage and you dont like it. Your white people first world problems are a joke.

And wait till you're in a position where a police officer pats you down as opposed to a security wander. They're far less nice about it.

Last edited by Tekwardo, Sunday, January 3, 2016 10:33 AM
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Sunday, January 3, 2016 11:04 AM

Tekwardo said:

Not sure how you done get what he's saying. They're both people put in a position of authority on private property to give the appearance that things are safer than they are.

Come on... you're being argumentative. That it's private property has nothing to do with anything. One person is a trained law enforcement officer sworn to protect the public, the other is a guy with 15 minutes of training to use equipment of dubious value.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 11:43 AM

But both are theatrical in nature.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016 12:11 PM

Any security element/process/procedure which isn't 100% hidden from the public is at least in part theatrical in nature. Question is where they fall on the spectrum. To me, metal detectors at entrances fall much closer to 100% theater than horse mounted police officers.

But another aspect of the issue is impact of the theater. Metal detectors slow the admission process and involve strangers going through your belongings. Horse mounted officers involve neither.

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