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Animal Services Officers Hone their Horsemanship!


On March 30, 2011, Irvine Police Animal Services Officers participated in a training event at the Serrano Creek Equestrian Center.  The City of Irvine Animal Services handles many calls for service and humane animal care is always their priority.  It is imperative to the safety of the community, as well as our Animal Services Officers, they be adept in handling the many types of animals they come in contact with daily.


Because there are riding trails in our Shady Canyon area, horses are regularly transported via trailer on roadways and highways that run through Irvine.  Our Animal Services Officers need to be prepared to respond to emergency calls for service involving horses.


The training day included basic horse handling skills, horse behavior and how to trailer a horse.   It was an excellent opportunity for the team to become more proficient in handling calls for service involving horses.  Should a horse become loose in Irvine, our Animal Services Officers will be able to put this valuable training to use! 


Special thanks to the instructor, veteran horseman and retired Anaheim Police Captain, Marc Hedgpeth, who volunteered his time for the benefit of the Department and the City.