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Volunteer mounted patrols to debut in Howard Co.

Saturday - 5/26/2012, 12:19pm  ET

SAVAGE, Md. (AP) - Howard County police are getting some equine assistance this Memorial Day weekend.

The department has established a new volunteer mounted patrol unit. Twelve people will conduct patrols while riding their own horses. The unit starts work this weekend in the Savage area.

The mounted volunteers won't have any police powers, but police say they will report any suspicious activity and deter crime.

Police are also planning targeted traffic and seatbelt enforcement over the weekend on major roadways in the county.

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