Today marks the official beginning of Musikfest. The Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit would like to remind everyone that we are in, around, and outside of the Festival grounds to keep everyone safe. A few quick reminders…
1) Please enjoy yourself in moderation. No matter how sober you think you are after “two adult beverages,” we observe people walking day in and day out and can tell when you’ve had too much. Plus, the light up mugs are a beacon in the night.
2) Manure happens. You might come near it or even in contact with it. It is safe. Mounted officers notify clean up crews as soon as they safely can after their four legged partners relieve themselves. When we travel through the Main St. corridor we usually use the motor vehicle “chute” which is restricted to pedestrian traffic. Our horses often “go” inside there. To avoid the majority of the manure, simply follow the rule and walk outside of the “chute.” A good rule of thumb in general is pay attention to your surroundings for your safety. This should include watching where you walk.
3) Please ask before petting any police horse on site. This goes for our peers from the PA State Police Tactical Mounted Unit and the Lancaster City Police Mounted Unit. Make sure the Mounted Officer acknowledges your request and follow any directions he or she may give.
4) We can’t begin to thank all of your friends, fans, and family enough. However, please don’t take it personally if we fail to recognize your attempts to hail us while we are working. Mounted Officers are often observing the crowd or attempting to spot trouble before it happens. We appreciate all the support but may miss you.
5)For further info on avoiding potential legal troubles while festing…check out the Bethlehem Police Department, Bethlehem, PA blog for additional advise.
Have a safe Musikfest! We’ll see you there.
In case you missed the Mounted Unit segment on The Peak TV, click the play button on the video player below to view the whole segment.
Season 6 Episode 4 – Bethlehem Mounted Police from The PEAK TV on Vimeo.
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.