On Saturday, September 20th, George and Pharaoh attended the Rodale Institute’s Organic Apple Festival. During the visit, George had the pleasure of meeting his Adopt-A-Horse sponsor for the last two years. Through her blog, Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen, Ms. Rodale has generously sponsored George since 2013. George and the rest of the Mounted Unit wanted to extend a big “thank you” for her generosity and gave Ms. Rodale a small token of our gratitude. Thanks again to Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen!
Officer Leaser on George (who is no doubt staring at the Apple Orchard) stand as Officer Buskirk hands Maria Rodale her sponsorship plaque.
Maria Rodale and Officer Leaser with George pose for a photograph at Rodale Institute’s Apple Festival
George checks out the sponsorship plaque
Maria Rodale gives George a scratch while they stand for photographs
The Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would like to extend the warmest welcome our newest full time member, Ofc. Holschwander. As of August 25th he joined the unit as a full time Mounted Officer. Ofc. Holschwander was hired by the Bethlehem Police Department in 2007. He was previously assigned to the Police Department’s Patrol Division on a patrol platoon. Aside from previously being a Field Rider with the Mounted Unit since 2010, Ofc. Holschwander currently serves on the Lehigh County Gang Task Force and is patrol rifle certified . He will be partnered with Raven. When you see Ofc. Holschwander on the patrol or at an event extend him congratulations on his new assignment.
Ofc. Holschwander and Raven prior to patrol
Ofc. Holschwander and Raven patrol near Liberty High School at dismissal
Ofc. Holschwander and George during Blueberry Festival 2014
Musikfest has come and gone this summer and the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol Unit would once again like to send a heartfelt “thank you” to Moravian College for providing a quiet place for our colleagues from the Lancaster City Mounted Unit to stay. The Lancaster City Mounted Unit, along with the Pennsylvania State Police Tactical Mounted Unit, assists the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit, and the men and women of the Bethlehem Police Department, during Musikfest by providing high visibility, horse mounted patrol throughout the festival. Moravian’s continuing support in housing the Lancaster Officers during their stay in Bethlehem is greatly appreciated.
-Moravian Alumnus, Officer Buskirk
It is with both sadness and best wishes for the future that the Mounted Patrol Unit announces the retirement of one of our original members. As of August 10th, Officer Timothy Brooks will retire from the Bethlehem Police Department after 20 years of dedicated service. Officer Brooks spent his early career assigned to our patrol platoons and the former Community Policing Unit as a bicycle officer. While the mounted unit is losing a great rider and friend, the Downtown Bethlehem Association is gaining an invaluable resource and dedicated worker. Officer Brooks will serve as a manager in charge of the many events that the DBA holds every year. Look for him downtown and offer him your congratulations on his retirement and the best of luck in his new career.
The City of Bethlehem Police Department is currently looking for qualified men and women to apply for the position of Police Officer. Click here (police-civil-service-entrance-ad-2014) for information or download the application instructions, application, and vouchers below. We hope to be seeing you in the finest police department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
HOLIDAY PUP PORTRAITS WITH SANTA SATURDAY DEC. 7TH, 11AM – 2PM
Mark your calendar, Santa Clause is coming to Chaar!
Get a memorable portrait of your dog with Santa and help support the Bethlehem Mounted Police.
When: Saturday, December 7th, 11am – 2pm
Cost: Cash donation to the Bethlehem Mounted Police collected at time of portrait.
No registration necessary. All dogs must be on leashes. Portraits will be delivered by email.
Your donation helps support the care and maintenance of the Bethlehem Mounted Police horses; Pharaoh, George and Raven.
From all our families to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! Remember wear those seat belts when traveling to and from your destination. If you see a police vehicle or officer on the side of the roadway on a motor vehicle stop, please move over and provide at least one full lane of travel between your car and the police officer. It is a law in Pennsylvania and helps the officer get home safely at the end of his or her shift.
Also, if you are starting your holiday shopping and want to avoid the lines and hassle of going out to make your purchases, why not stop by the Bethlehem Police Mounted Unit’s online store, www.cafepress.com/bethlehemmountedpolice. We have a full lineup of fun clothing and merchandise. All the proceeds of the sales from the online store go to the care of Raven, Pharaoh, and George.
Thanks for the support and Happy Thanksgiving!
The Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit