On Friday, 20 December, the Met’s mounted branch welcomed and congratulated seven new riders into their string.
Proud family, friends and colleagues gathered at Imber Court, the Met’s iconic training ground in Surrey, to watch a traditional ceremony (passing out parade) which marks the transition Police constable to newly qualified Mounted officer.
The passing out parade is equally an imperative duty and something that is looked forward to by all new recruits and the long standing tradition of riding out on parade at Imber Court is no different.
The seven officers were inspected at the formal presentation by the reviewing officer, Chief Superintendent Karen Findlay.
During the ceremony officers displayed all they had learned in their training by showcasing their riding skills.
The ceremony marks the end of the Met’s longest training course, an intensive and continuous 20 week training schedule, which included learning how to execute flat work, troop drill, jumping, stable management and horse care.
The training is there to equip the recruits with the skill and knowledge needed to tackle the unique and specialist jobs Mounted officers are faced with on a daily basis to keep London safe.
The new officers will be expected to work with a range or responsibilities in their future careers from crowd control at demonstrations and sporting events, to community engagement and the detection and prevention of crime.
Chief Inspector Rhodes, from the Met’s Taskforce said: “It was brilliant to see the officers pass out today after months of dedication and hard work.
“The demonstration the skills they have attained was terrific and they are all a real tribute to the Mounted Branch and the wider Met service.
“I would like to thank the trainers for their hard work as well, six out of the seven officers were novices to riding 20 weeks ago and now they have passed an accredited training scheme, not something , not something that would have been achieved without their guide.”