Police horses sign up for Facebook

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Police horses across the county have joined the internet age – by signing up for Facebook.

Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted Branch has launched a Facebook page, enabling members of the public to keep up to date with police horses out and about on patrol.

The Constabulary itself first joined Facebook in February 2011 and now engages with more than 8,000 people.

Its main Facebook page has more than 4,000 followers but the force has recently doubled the number of neighbourhood pages it operates from seven to 14, with more pages planned.

The force’s mounted branch is the latest department to join the social media site and given the horses popularity with the public it is hoped they will quickly establish lots of followers.

PC Adam Pearson from Lancashire Police’s Mounted Branch said: “Facebook presents a great opportunity for us to give members of the public an insight into the sort of work we do day-in-day-out to help keep Lancashire a safe place.

“The police horses get involved in policing a wide range of situations, from football to protests, parades specialist operations and I’m sure people will be very interested to find out more about our work within the community.

“I’d urge people to visit our new Facebook page and click ‘like’ to become a fan.”

PC Adam Pearson recently hosted a live web chat on Facebook to answer any questions people may have about the police horses.

The police Mounted Branch has 19 horses all living at police stables.

Each horse has his own stable and is named after a Lancashire town.

To follow the police horses and to find out more information go to http://www.facebook.com/Lancspolicehorses.

The force also has a Twitter account with more than 18,000 followers at https://twitter.com/LancsPolice.