Local News in Brief : Horse Patrol Funds Sought

Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates is asking the city to set aside $729,609 to replace his department's volunteer horse patrol with a full-time mounted squad.

According to a police report, the Ahmanson Foundation has "tentatively committed" to purchase the Los Feliz Stables in Atwater and donate the two-acre property to the city for the mounted unit.

Gates will ask the Police Commission on Dec. 8 to recommend the $729,609 appropriation for facilities and equipment for the unit, which would replace the department's 6-year-old volunteer horse patrol with a 32-officer full-time squad, Assistant Chief Robert Vernon said Monday.

The volunteer horse unit has been sidelined since July 1, when the 45 officers who patrol on their own horses decided the cost of participating in the unit was exorbitant.

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