'Thank you Percy'- Police say goodbye to brave horse as he retires from duty
Northumbria Police has said goodbye to one of its most loyal horses as he retires from the force.
Police horse Percy is heading for pastures new at the grand age of 17 as he retires from the force after seven years of service.
The 17.2hh Friesian cross joined the Northumbria Police Mounted Section back in 2014 and has been an integral member of the team throughout his career.
As well as his daily patrols, Percy worked busy football matches, attended countless protests around the force area and has played an important part in numerous searches for missing people.
It wasn’t just the Northumbria area where Percy helped to protect the public, he travelled up and down the country to police sporting spectacles and public events.
Percy’s rider, PC Joanne Watson, of Northumbria Police’s Mounted Section, has paid tribute to her four-legged best friend.
“Percy is a good honest horse. He has shown bravery and affection throughout his career,” said PC Watson.
“Like all of our horses, he has provided support in all major public order events such as football matches and protests but also represented the force at community events, such as school visits and leading parade’s through our city centres.
“Percy will be joining his old colleague PH Peroni who retired last year, both being looked after by retired Mounted Constable Michelle Alexander where he will be enjoying a well-deserved rest.
“We are always looking out for new horses to join the team so if you think you have an equine that could start a new life as a crime fighter, then get in touch!”