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Huntington Beach police to begin equestrian patrols
Huntington Beach police to begin equestrian patrols

Huntington Beach police Officer Gabe Ricci was a dog handler for the department for years. But he's trading his canine companion for another four-legged partner — one that's bigger, faster and more intimidating. Ricci and three colleagues were chosen to form the city's new mounted enforcement unit, which will patrol the downtown area, beaches, parks and large gatherings. "Like being a K-9 handler, you have to be the alpha of the animal and work together as a team and learn about each other," Ricci said of training with his horse, Kelly Blue. The mounted unit has been undergoing rigorous training for four months at the Huntington Central Park Equestrian...

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