Hungerford Arcade was very excited when the Thames Valley Mounted Police arrived outside the Town Hall in Hungerford to meet and talk to the people of the town. They were soon surrounded by children and adults alike, eager to find out about the horses, their riders and the work that they do.
Thames Valley Police is the largest non-metropolitan police force in England and Wales. they police the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and serve a diverse population of more than two million, plus six million visitors who come to Thames Valley each year.
The horses are very patient and full of character and are a joy to be near. Their duties include crowd control, official ceremonies and PR work. When the police career of these very brave horses is over, they go to the countryside for a well earned happy retirement.