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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB)--An old fashioned form of policing meets modern technology in Louisville. Police now have a tool that will help make their jobs much easier. This week, the department's mounted patrol units started using computers.
It might be old fashioned policing... but these mounted patrol units are a big weapon in the metro police department's battle against crime.
"We use these guys everyday to patrol the waterfront, patrol downtown or old Louisville," says Officer Bill White, with LMPD's Mounted Patrol Unit.
For years there have been certain limitations with the mounted patrols. "A lot of the limitations we had would be knowing what the other beat officers are doing, we just had to depend on our radio."
Those limitations ended this week when the mounted patrol units got computers that are mounted right on top of the horses. "We used it for I think 3 or 4 different runs and we also had 2 or 3 self initiated runs," says Officer Justin Hardy, with LMPD's Mounted Patrol Unit.
Officers White and Hardy say the computers also help them stay in the loop. "It allows us to be in touch with the other beat officers in the area and better in touch with our dispatch," says Hardy.
And the officers no longer have to call for backup just to run a background check says White: "We can check 'em through our system to make sure they're not wanted and put people in the system."
Tim Minard is a Waterfront food vendor; last month he had a little scare during an event. "It's just when you get that much folks going at one time it can get a little scary," says Minard.
Minard believes the mounted units helped eliminate the problem so he's glad to see the upgrade. "Anytime we can invest more into the police system, I'm for that 'cause the police take care of the public," says Minard.
And police believe the new computers will help them continue to do that says Officer Hardy. "It allows it to be a lot better for us, the other officers and the public."
If the computers work with the mounted horses Metro Police will eventually use them with the bike and ATV patrols.