Toronto Police Service just introduced its newest (and possibly cutest) addition to the police force.
William, a five-year-old pure Clydesdale joined Toronto’s Mounted Unit last year and has since completed his training as well as participated in the North American Police Equestrian Championship in Kingston last September.
The new recruit is named for retired Superintendent and lecturer in the Police Foundations program at St. Lawrence College, William Wardle.
In a post on TPS News, Staff Sergeant Graham Queen said the decision to recognize Wardle was unanimous by his unit.
Co-worker to Wardle of 13 years and Training Sergeant Kristopher McCarthy agreed that the accolade is well deserved. “He literally wrote the book on the Mounted Unit,” said McCarthy referring to Wardle’s 2002 book The Mounted Squad, An Illustrated History of The Toronto Mounted Police 1886-2000. I just think it’s fitting to have a William Wardle in the barn at all times.”
William, the horse, has been assigned to Constables Jillian Finley-Kellough and Marisa Van Overbeek and joins the unit’s 24-horse stable tasked with crowd management, high-visibility patrols and acting as ambassadors to the community.