On Tuesday, the Grand Rapids Police Department announced that they are partnering with the Kent County Sheriff's Department to begin putting officers on mounted patrol.

GRPD says officers on horseback have a better vantage point, are more mobile and help to create opportunities for positive interaction with the public.

Mounted patrol is especially useful for crowd control at large events where one officer on horseback is equal to about 12 officers on foot.

Selected Grand Rapids police officers will receive two weeks of training followed by additional training with the Kent County Sheriff's Department Mounted Unit.