BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - People headed to the Mall of Louisiana anytime soon can expect to see new police officers in the area, but they won't be patrolling in cars; they'll be on horseback.
"The horses, of course, are very visible and it's unusual to see a horse in a parking lot, so we get a lot of attention from it," said Sgt. Mary Ann Godawa with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "The horses kind of help bridge the gap between the police department and the public. They come up, children love to pet them, even adults love to pet them."
Because BRPD is taking over mall patrols as part of the annexation process, the horses will be tools they're using. Officers said the horses not only help with security, but they also provide an opportunity to talk to people in the community.
The horses will be seen sporadically at the Mall of Louisiana. There is no set schedule.