Officers on horseback patrol Texas Capitol complex

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Associated Press

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 9:05 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Troopers on patrol at the Texas Capitol complex have another way to make their rounds without hopping in a vehicle or hoofing it on their own.

The Texas Department of Public Safety has started a mounted horse patrol.

Ceremonies were held Tuesday in Austin at the Capitol, where more than a million visitors make their way each year.

DPS Director Steven McCraw says the mounted horse patrol is a logical extension to the department's security measures to protect the Texas Capitol.

The patrol currently includes three troopers and four horses.

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http://www.dps.texas.gov/

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