A British legacy lives on in Chennai 


Mounted Department has remained an inseparable a part of Chennai police since 1926 when the contingent was fashioned with horses for patrolling 

Mounted Department has remained an inseparable a part of Chennai police since 1926 when the contingent was fashioned with horses for patrolling 

Because the solar rises on the horizon throughout the Bay of Bengal, morning joggers and strollers on the Marina, the world’s second longest seashore, hear the galloping of horses, with women and men in khaki and sporting pith hats mounted on them and sustaining vigil. The scene repeats within the night with the contingent majestically marching on horses from Pudupet, off Anna Salai, to the seashore entrance.

The Mounted Police Department has remained an inseparable a part of the Chennai police since 1926 when the contingent was fashioned underneath a sergeant with horses for patrolling everywhere in the metropolis. With the arrival of patrol autos, the energy of the horses diminished. The Mounted Department nonetheless features out of an 18 th century constructing at Pudupet. It was initially an all-male contingent, however now has 5 ladies and 27 males.

The horses are thoroughbreds donated by both breeders or members of the Madras Race Membership or procured by the police.

“We really feel one mounted horse is equal to 50 personnel,” says R. Gopalsamy, a sub-inspector of the Mounted Department. “When a policeman is mounted on a horse with a peak of 5 ft, it presents an impressive look and instills worry in a crowd. Troublemakers will be sighted rapidly and managed. One can simply deal with any crowd with out inflicting a lot harm. It’s extra advantageous for crowd-control on the seashore,” he explains.

Better Chennai Police Commissioner Shankar Jiwal remembers that the Mounted Department, a British legacy, began functioning as a separate unit with 56 horses. “The State authorities has sanctioned 34 horses to this unit. It’s now functioning with 25 horses. Other than seashore patrol, the unit is engaged in dispersing unruly mobs throughout a legislation and order scenario,” he says.

Throughout VVIP visits and on events equivalent to Independence Day, Republic Day and Martyrs’ Day, the horses take part within the parades.

Syces, who care for horses, are assigned to feed the horses on time and cleansing and sustaining the stables. The horses are fed 4 occasions a day with crushed oats, wheat bran, horse gram and Bengal gram. The price of feeding a horse is ₹849 a day, ₹25,478 a month.

When it’s time for a nap, about three kilograms of bedding straw are offered to maintain them snug. Air-conditioned stables have additionally been constructed.

The horses are subjected to a medical examination as soon as each three months by veterinarians of the Madras Veterinary School. These horses are additionally handled each Wednesday. Icy Gray, Golden Explorer, Amber Heights, Prince Valiant, Royal Sensation, Grand Celebration and Reynolds are the names of some horses connected to the Mounted Police Department. 

In 2018, the Tamil Nadu police equestrian workforce was carved out from the Mounted Department personnel and horses and skilled to participate in nationwide championships. On the fortieth All India Police Equestrian Championship and Mounted Police Obligation Meet held in Haryana just lately, the workforce, led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjay Shekhar Deshmukh, got here fourth.

“We obtained a gold medal and a silver on the identical meet in 2020 once we participated for the primary time. In 2022, there have been groups taking part in these video games for a number of years. Nevertheless, we stood fourth within the general medal tally,” Mr. Deshmukh says.

“From a utility viewpoint, in locations equivalent to a market or seashore should you maintain one policeman mounted on horse, all people can be trying on the horse and the policeman. Bodily there would be the advantage of peak. Criminals could have worry and members of the general public could have the arrogance that the police are there. It can give visibility, the most important benefit,” he says.

The Mounted Department personnel additionally received prizes within the equestrian competitors performed by Chennai Equitation Centre at Sholinganallur and competitions held by Purple Earth Driving Faculty in Puducherry just lately.

Mr. Jiwal, says, “We suggest to inspire the members of the equestrian workforce by getting new gears for them and horses. The horse energy could also be elevated to 35. The proposal to construct 25 new stables was introduced within the final Finances.”

The origins

As per the police information, the origin of the Mounted Department, in one other avatar, could possibly be traced way back to 1670 when a horse contingent was established by Provincial Governor Sir William Langdon. In 1780, sergeants have been recruited because the Governor’s guards. In 1800, the time period, Mounted Police Department, got here into drive through the tenure of Walter Grant, Superintendent of Police. Again then, solely horses have been utilized by the police for commuting, not like the current day’s subtle SUVs. That they had 5 police stations in Chennai and every had 5 horses; there have been 10 extra with an Armed Reserve unit.



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