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.
It’s official! The Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit’s Adopt-A-Horse program has once again successfully sponsored Raven, Pharaoh, and George for 2015. The Officers, the horses, and the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Police would like to thank our Adopt-A-Horse sponsors for this year! Raven will again be sponsored by the Jefferson Democratic Club (2nd year), George will again be sponsored Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen (3rd year), and Pharaoh will again be sponsored by Just Born (4th year).
Interested in a future horse sponsorship or supporting the Mounted Patrol Unit through additional sponsorship opportunities? Contact the Unit at email@example.com or the Friends of the Bethlehem Mounted Patrol Unit at friendsoftheBMP@gmail.com . We are developing a list of folks who are interested in helping, including any future replacement horses that will allow for the opportunity to name the new horse.
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.
Musselman Jewelers has announced it’s Valentine’s Extravaganza will benefit the Mounted Patrol Unit! On February 7th, 2015 from 1 until 5pm, Musselman will celebrate their 85th Anniversary. Proceeds from the event will go to the care of Raven, Pharaoh, and George, who will all be making an appearance. Stop by and support Bethlehem’s Oldest Jeweler and our police horses! Don’t forget to enter to win a romantic Bethlehem getaway. Hope to see you there. To visit the Musselman Jewelers’ website, click on the flyer below.
On Saturday, September 27th, Officer Holschwander with Raven and Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh made an appearance at Stefano’s Restaurant on Linden St. to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of being open to serve the citizens of Bethlehem. During the celebration, Mayor Donchez accepted a generous donation from the Lombardos, owners of Stefano’s Restaurant, to the Mounted Patrol Unit. Mr. and Mrs. Lombardo graciously contributed $3,000.00 to the Mounted Patrol Unit Wish Fund. The members of the Mounted Patrol Unit, along with the Police Department, Chief Mark Diluzio, and Mayor Robert Donchez, would like to extend a “thank you” to Stefano’s Restaurant. Stefano’s Restaurant joins our other generous Community Partners, Giving Club Members, and Adopt-A-Horse sponsors in helping the Mounted Patrol Unit minimize the impact of the operational costs on the city tax payers. Visit Stefano’s Restaurant at 2970 Linden St. The Stefano’s website can be viewed by either clicking the Stefano’s banner above or the picture below.
From left: Officer Holschwander with Raven, Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh, and the Lombardos outside of Stefano’s Restaurant.
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