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Grand Rapids officers plan to begin patrolling on horseback
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Police in Grand Rapids plan to begin patrolling on horseback.

The Grand Rapids Police Department is partnering with the Kent County Sheriff's Department for some city officers to work with the mounted unit.

The police department notes there are several benefits of having officers on horses, including offering a better vantage point, controlling crowds and interacting positively with the public.

Officers involved in the effort will participate in training sessions.

Police Chief David Rahinsky says there's no new cost to the city. The sheriff's department has several horses in its mounted unit.

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