Commissioner welcomes Royal guests to NSW Police Force Mounted Unit

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NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione has welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, to the Mounted Unit in Redfern.

Their Royal Highnesses’ visit to the Sydney stables is part of their tour engagements in NSW during their New Zealand and Australian travels this month.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Troy Grant, and Mounted Unit officer, Senior Sergeant Kylie Riddell, also greeted the Royal couple upon their arrival.

The Mounted Unit, which celebrated its 190-year anniversary in September this year, performed demonstrations for Their Royal Highnesses, before a combined display with Riding for the Disabled Association members.

Also included in the visit was an inspection of the stables and Mounted Unit museum, and introductions with Mounted police and troop horses that together comprise the oldest continuous-operational mounted unit in the world.

In recognition of this year’s ‘100 Years of Women in Policing’ celebrations, The Prince and Duchess met with a number of female officers, including Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn, to share their policing careers and recent centennial events.

The Royal couple also spoke with representatives of the Indigenous Police Recruitment Our Way Delivery (IPROWD) program.

The IPROWD program is a partnership between NSW Police and TAFE NSW that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in gaining a qualification; and developing skills and confidence to succeed in applying for a career with the NSW Police Force.

Officers attached to the Dog Unit were presented to Their Royal Highnesses, who in partnership with Drug Detection Dog ‘Belle’ and Explosive Detection Dog ‘Arrow’, discussed their highly-specialised role within the State Protection Group.

Commissioner Scipione said it was a great honour to host a reception for The Prince and Duchess at the Mounted Unit, as part of their Sydney tour today.

“This year marks some incredible milestones, with the ‘Women in Policing’ centenary and 190 years of the Mounted Unit, so it was a privilege to showcase these celebrations alongside the professional and dedicated men and women of the NSW Police Force,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“The Mounted Unit performs a vital role within the NSW Police, and has a long and prestigious history, including the honour of performing at Windsor Castle in 2012, during The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant.

“While the unit has celebrated many accomplishments during its near 200-year-evolution, the honour of representing NSW Police at Windsor Castle was a career highlight for those officers selected,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“Today’s Royal visit was also a wonderful opportunity to highlight programs and organisational partnerships that have been formed and maintained by committed members of the NSW Police.

“Programs like IPROWD are an excellent example of the ongoing and successful relationships police form with and for members of the wider community,” Commissioner Scipione said.

Minister Grant said it was a privilege to have their Royal Highnesses inspect one of the most historic parts of the NSW Police Force.

“The NSW Police Mounted Unit has a proud history in this state and is testament to the path the NSW Police Force has travelled to become one of the best police forces in the world,” Minister Grant said.

“As a former serving officer, it is a privilege to now be the Minister for Police during this royal visit.

“I am extremely proud of our men and women in blue and honoured to be a part of this wonderful showcase for Their Royal Highnesses.”

This is the Prince of Wales’ 15th visit to Australia, while The Duchess has been to Australia once before. The couple were last in Australia in 2012 as part of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Tour.

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