York County Regional Police hopes to add literal horsepower to the force

Anthony Maenza
York Dispatch

York County Regional Police are looking to add some horsepower — of the four-legged variety — to its force.

The department wants a pair of horses to begin a mounted patrol — something it has never had — and is raising money to do it.

The mounted unit is the brainchild of Lt. Tobin Zech, who had the idea for the unit before York Township, Windsor Township and Northeastern Regional Police combined to become York County Regional Police.

“It’s never been a real feasible idea that we could run with,” Zech said.

When the three departments combined, the area covered by that force expanded to include a lot of parks as well as much of the York County Rail Trail where a mounted patrol could come in handy.

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“Our opportunities have increased where a mounted unit could be useful,” Zech said.

A nonprofit group called Friends of the York County Regional Mounted Police are raising funds to purchase the horses.

York County Regional Mounted Police Logo

“We are just trying to increase our funds to actually make the purchase of the horses themselves,” Zech said. “This is done by donations and fundraising by a nonprofit organization. The police department doesn’t directly pay for any of this. The only thing the police department provides is the officers to man the unit and to do the actual services.”

The group is trying raise $40,000 to purchase the horses and pay for any incidental expenses that may occur, he said.

Contact has been made with various people willing to make contributions to help get the mounted patrol started, Zech said, including offers to use pasture land and stables for the horses. The department itself helped acquire a trailer to transport the animals. Several businesses have also agreed to donate feed, veterinary services and farrier services, he said.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, right, takes a blood pressure reading for York County Regional Police Lt. Tobin Zech as they discuss law enforcement, during the fourth stop along the Doctor Oz for Senate campaign trail, at Wisehaven Event Center in Windsor Township, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Members of the general public will be able to make a contribution toward getting the mounted patrol started at a cornhole fundraiser set for Saturday, Oct. 15, at Southern Area Fire and Emergency Rescue, 50 S. School Place in Dallastown.

SNS Cornhole is sponsoring a Cornhole Tournament to benefit Friends of the York County Regional Mounted Police. The cost to enter is $50 per team in advance. The entry fee is $60 if teams enter the day of the tournament.

Registration the day of tournament starts at noon, and the games begin at 1 p.m.

The tournament starts in a round-robin format followed by a double-elimination round. Each team is guaranteed six games. Cash prizes go to the winners.

To register, email snscornhole@yahoo.com or call 717-741-1259.