25 Aug ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Can a horse boost the people’s confidence in the police?
Researchers at the University of Oxford say that it can. While distrust of police is rampant in many countries worldwide, there seem to be ways to increase the public’s confidence in the police forces. One of them is getting officers to ride a horse.
During an 18-month study researchers observed that mounted forces have better chances of building positive relationships with the people. People tend to come closer to pat the horse and then have a chat with the police officer. Seeing the police in their neighbourhood and having face-to-face interaction with officers can bolster the population’s perception of safety and their confidence in the authorities.
In a nutshell, the horse and rider combination appears to be a winning one.
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