How Policing Has Changed (30)

Today’s phrase from ‘One In For D & D’ is the phrase ‘trot on’ which was a command given to police horses during public order training. Many a public order officer on foot in the centre of a cordon has been terrified as the horses broke into a canter before the PSU commander shouted ‘break’ to allow the horses through the cordon. The place to be was on the end of the lines. This term was also used to encourage people causing trouble to ‘go away’ – those failing to do generally found themselves spending a few hours in a cell! Unfortunately West Midlands Police no longer has a mounted section. (picture courtesy of Deb Menzel) 013

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