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Posted on: December 3, 2020

Equine Program Aids Police Officers

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The multi-session Equine Assisted Learning program for law enforcement is designed to enhance techniques in communication, de-escalation, collaboration, and partnership. In this program, officers work with horses in a safe and controlled environment, where they can experience challenging exercises that highlight opportunities for advancing skills.
 
“Saly reached out to me with the concept for this program and asked if a handful of officers would be interested in attending these learning sessions as a pilot program,” said Whitpain Police Chief Ken Lawson.  “Since we are constantly training in new and innovative strategies, I was immediately interested in this program, especially because it focuses on improving communication and de-escalation.”
 
Five Whitpain officers have completed training so far, and another group of officers is currently going through the training. Saly is looking to expand the program to serve neighboring police departments along with a wide range of first responders and community members.

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