Chaar Holiday Pup Pictures to benefit the Mounted Unit!

Chaar Santa Pic

Holiday Pup Portraits with Santa!

Get a memorable holiday picture of your pup with Santa and help support the Bethlehem Mounted Police.

When: Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 2PM – 5PM
Where: CHAAR Anchor Store – 1635 Airport Road, Allentown, PA 18109
Cost: $5.00 per dog (CASH ONLY!)
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Bethlehem Mounted Police to help support the care and maintenance of their horses.

No registration necessary. Portraits taken on first-come, first-serve basis. All dogs must be on leashes. Portraits will be delivered by email. For more info please call: 610-437-9978

Thank you Stefano’s Restaurant!

Stefano's Banner

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.

Stefano's Anniversary EventFrom left: Officer Holschwander with Raven, Officer Buskirk with Pharaoh, and the Lombardos outside of Stefano’s Restaurant.


2014 Celtic Classic

Celtic Logo

Irish, Scottish, Welsh, pretend to be on the weekends? Either way this upcoming weekend, September 26th through the 28th, the Celtic Cultural Alliance is holding their  annual Celtic Classic in downtown Bethlehem. This year the Classic includes expansion onto Main St. during Saturday and Sunday. Two horses will be in and around the festival throughout all three days including the Showing of the Tartan Parade Saturday at 11:30 am.

As in years past, the CCA has graciously allowed the Mounted Unit to set up a merchandise stand in the Grand Courtyard (under the Main St. Ramp). The Mounted Unit will be selling t-shirts, performance t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, crew neck sweatshirts, hats, bracelets, and unit patches. See below map for the approximate stand location indicated by a RED STAR. For additional details about the Classic click here or on the Celtic Classic banner above.

Celtic Classic Map 2014


Thank You to Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen!

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!


Plaque Presentation
Officer Leaser on George (who is no doubt staring at the Apple Orchard) stand as Officer Buskirk hands Maria Rodale her sponsorship plaque.

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Maria Rodale and Officer Leaser with George pose for a photograph at Rodale Institute’s Apple Festival

Plaque Photo 3
George checks out the sponsorship plaque

Plaque Photo 5
Maria Rodale gives George a scratch while they stand for photographs




Maria's Farm Country Kitchen

Allison’s 2nd Annual Zumba Party

Help honor the memory of one of our biggest fans by supporting the Allison Perno Scholarship Foundation!

Allison's Zumba Fundraiser 2014


For a copy of the Event Flyer click below.

zumba_for_allison 2014

The Unit welcomes a new full time member.

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

Ofc. Holschwander and Raven prior to patrol


On Patrol

Ofc. Holschwander and Raven patrol near Liberty High School at dismissal


Ofc. Holschwander and George during Blueberry Festival 2014



A special “thanks” to Moravian College.

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.

Go Hounds!

-Moravian Alumnus, Officer Buskirk

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