A group of New Castle cops are on the verge of being let go from the force.
The New Castle County mounted police unit is the last remaining mounted unit in Delaware. The eight-horse unit of Clydesdales or Percherons costs about $80,000 in upkeep a year but their value cannot be measured in money.
The horses, and their riders, specialize in neighborhood and crowd control, as well as security and covering special events. In 2008, the unit wrote 2,329 traffic tickets and made 334 criminal arrests.
Yet despite their track record the cops are on the chopping block.
The community can help support the dedicated force of four-legged cops this weekend. The fundraiser will give people the chance to get a picture with one of the horses and to see their skill in person as they go through an obstacle course.