Pc Fisk and police horse prepare for Olympic duties
Pc Sarah Fisk and police horse Toffee have a busy few weeks
ahead of them because they’ll be helping to police the London 2012
Photo: Pc Sarah Fisk and police horse Toffee
Pc Fisk and the seven-year-old dappled grey will be on patrol at
Chelmsford’s Sparks Will Fly event on the evening of July 6, 2012
as the Olympic torch travels through Essex on its way to the
opening ceremony in London.
The duo will also be at Hadleigh Farm for the mountain bike events
on August 11 and 12, 2012 and travelling to London to help the
Metropolitan Police Service provide a police presence at Olympic
football matches at Wembley Stadium.
Policing one of the world’s biggest sporting events will be a new
experience for Pc Fisk and Toffee but both are well prepared and
looking forward to it
They have only been working together for around six months but
have both been part of the Mounted Unit, based in Writtle, for a
number of years.
Pc Fisk has worked at Essex Police’s Mounted Unit since it was
re-formed in 2008 and Toffee has lots of experience of high
visibility patrol and crowd control with her and former riders.
Pc Fisk and Toffee, whose operational name is Maldon, have
policed protest marches and football matches in Essex and
neighbouring counties but have never travelled to London to
Pc Fisk said: “I’m very much looking forward to taking Toffee to
the Olympics and working with mounted units from all over the
“Toffee is confident and brave and she’s really proving herself
to be a strong lead horse at the unit so I’m confident she’ll do
The pair will be providing a high visibility presence for public
reassurance at Hylands Park and Hadleigh Farm and, as always, will
be ready to deal with any situations that may arise. They can cover
vast areas quickly if necessary and will also be patrolling
alongside visitors walking from the train station to Hadleigh Farm
on August 11 and 12.
Toffee and her rider have both overcome frightening experiences
In October 2009, Toffee was on patrol in Harlow town centre with
her former rider and another horse when she was attacked by a dog
that was off the lead. Toffee needed stitches to wounds on her legs
and chest but has made a fully recovery.
Two years later, in January 2011, Pc Fisk was riding Biscuit,
another horse from the mounted unit, in Moulsham when they were
chased and attacked by a dog. Pc Fisk was thrown from her horse but
was luckily uninjured. Biscuit needed stitches to cuts and puncture
wounds but has made a full recovery.
Pc Fisk and Toffee have formed a close bond since they started
working with each other.
Pc Fisk said: “Toffee loves nothing more than a bit of fuss and
a good scratch on the back. She’s a very friendly horse and loves
carrots, apples and the occasional Polo mint!
“Toffee loves rolling about in the fields at the stables but
because she’s light in colour that means she has to be washed and
groomed every day.”
“I’m very lucky to be working with such a confident yet lovely
natured horse and am very much looking forward to taking her to the