Wednesday, May 1, 2019
MPS celebrated with the Milwaukee Police Department and other partners on April 30 at a ground breaking ceremony for the MKE Urban Stables, designed to house the MPS mounted patrol and community programming. Although skies were gray and misty, excitement for the new initiative and appreciation for funders was not dampened as local officials revealed details of upcoming activities.
Superintendent Keith P. Posley, Mayor Tom Barrett, Chief Alfonso Morales, and others outlined the development of the stable project and its associated programming. The new stables, now underway at 143 E. Lincoln Ave., is 20 minutes closer to the lakefront than the MPD’s current facility. From its inception, the new project included plans for horse therapy for veterans and MPS students.
Recent research on horse therapy is showing encouraging results for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional and behavioral needs. Working with animals can be calming and can help individuals manage stress and develop problem solving skills. Because horses are nonjudgmental, friendly, and put forth no expectations or motives, working with horses can help develop personal relationships, trust, and an ability to care for others. MPS students will benefit from horse therapy when the facility is completed.
For more information about the project, visit mkeurbanstables.org.