Quick Facts regarding Mounted Police Operation:
$250,000.00 – The cost of fuel for police vehicles in the 2011 budget. Not included are repairs and maintenance to police fleet vehicles.
$11,175.00 – The cost of care for three police horses in the 2011 budget with $2,500 for training and equipment.
$225,000.00 – The budgeted amount for fuel for police vehicles for 2012. Not included are repairs and maintenance to police fleet vehicles.
$6,000.00 – The cost of care for three police horses covered by the City of Bethlehem for 2013 with no money set aside for training. Through fundraising by unit members using our Adopt-A-Horse program we have covered the gap in funding allowing us to continue operating this year.
8.3 miles per gallon – The average gas mileage a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor patrol vehicle gets with a 20 gallon fuel tank. Patrol vehicles are often used for all three patrol shifts providing 24 hour police coverage. Miles covered on each shift varies but can be anywhere from the low teens to well over one hundred (100) miles depending on call volume and patrol district. At close to $4.00 a gallon for gasoline you can do the math for both budgetary cost and environmental impact.
0 – The amount of occasions through a combined 45 years of law enforcement experience that the officers assigned to the Mounted Unit had a person ask to say “hi” or pet their patrol cars and patrol bicycles. Our horses allow us to interact with citizens on a different level, both literally and figuratively, which exudes the Bethlehem Police Department’s philosophy of community policing.