Pony Up For Mounted Police

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Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wants to raise $3million, and he is not horsing around.
The Police Dept. has saddled up with the Philadelphia Police Foundation and retailer, Macy’s, in a bid to raise $3 million for a new state-of-the-art home for the Police Dept.’s Mounted Patrol Unit on Chamounix Drive.
As 12 Mounted Horses and their riders looked on, Commissioner Ramsey announced the fundraising effort this morning at a news conference outside of Macy’s in Center City.
Macy’s Center City Store Mgr. Jim Kenny presented Ramsey and Police Foundation Board Member Peter Madden with a $5,000 to get the fundraiser started.
The retail giant will have a Macy’s display window, containing memorabilia and equipment used by the recently reestablished Mounted Unit, in support of the “Pony Up for the Mounted Unit.”
The Philadelphia Police Foundation is raising funds for construction through a program called “Pony Up for the Mounted Unit.” It is appealing to businesses, corporations, foundations and the general public to support this important community endeavor.
Madden said construction of the stables will be provided pro bono through a joint partnership with the Philadelphia Trade Unions, who will contribute the labor. Participating unions are: Ironworkers, Cement Masons & Plasterers, Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters, Glaziers Local 252, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, Roofers & Waterproofers Local 30, Steamfitters Local 420, Operating Engineers Local 542, International Brotherhood of Painter & Allied Trades, Plumbers Local 690, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98.
The Mounted Patrol Unit was reinstated after a hiatus of six years. Ramsey said the return of the Mounted Unit is important for the Police Dept.’s ability to fight crime, provide security at large gatherings and make Fairmount Park safer. /Rory McGlasson

POLICE COMMISSIONER Charles Ramsey pats one of 12 horses outside of Macy's in center city this morning at a news conference announcing fundraiser for a new $3million stable for the Mounted Police Unit. Photo: McGlasson Photography

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