Straight from horse’s mouth

Sergeant Paul Johnson with eight-year-old Reg
Sergeant Paul Johnson with eight-year-old Reg

HORSE lovers are being given the chance to chat online with an officer at the reins of a force’s mounted section.

Sergeant Paul Johnson, of Cleveland Police, will answer questions on everything from the breed of the horses and how they are looked after to how they help in crowd situations and assist in making arrests when he logs on between 7pm and 8pm on Wednesday, March 23.

He is the latest in a number of officers to take part in the force’s Community Click initiative, which sees officers speak directly to the public via an online web chat.

He hopes to capture the interest of horse enthusiasts of all ages and people who simply want to know about how the mounted section keeps communities safer.

Sgt Johnson said: “It’s great to be able to chat with people from the comfort of their own homes about the specialist role of the mounted section.

“I hope that people ask a variety of questions. Sometimes young people particularly just want to know the names of the horses and how high they are.

“There are many animal lovers across the area and I hope that they will log on and engage with me.”

He added that police horses are highly-trained and well respected within Cleveland Police and often cause fascination when people see them out and about in the four districts - Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton.

Anyone interested in taking part just needs to visit the Community Click section of the force’s website on the day, no account or specialist software is needed.

Before the web chat takes place, people can also submit a question via the website feedback form on the site and all questions will be answered on the night.

The website can be found by choosing the link on the right.