THE Muar police recently used four Argentinean bred horses to patrol the town for three days.
|The four policemen riding their horses around Muar town to distribute anti-crime pamphlets.|
The horses were specially brought in by the Royal Malaysian Police Horse Unit for the launch of the recent community policing programme at Tanjung Emas Square in Muar.
The four horses were named Montoneka, Caparita, Juan Sinto and Delfina.
Children were the most excited when they got a chance to ride the horses under the supervision of policemen during the carnival-like event.
Besides the horse attraction, other activities included a band performance, a march past, an anti-crime exhibition and demonstrations on preventing snatch theft.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman officiated the programme and Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff was present.
During his speech, Mokhtar said that the programme was part of the police's commitment to give its best service.
He said that it was important for the police to forge close ties with the community to combat crime.
"The police rely on information from the public to trace and prosecute criminals," said Mokhtar.
Azman Azizan, 40, and his family were among the hundreds of people who turned up at the event.
The father of three said his children enjoyed seeing the policemen on horseback because such occasions were never seen before in Muar.
"Previously, I have only seen policemen on horses from pictures. I never thought that I would get to see the real thing in my town.
"My children also had the opportunity to ride on a horse. The ride was supervised by the policemen," said Azman.
SOURCE: JOHOR STREETS, NST, 2 JUNE 2009