Donation will cover costs for five horses for one year
DETROIT, Mich. – March 17, 2014 – Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), an international IT and business services company based in Detroit, adopted the Detroit Police Department’s Mounted Unit for one year. The adoption was made through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.
S3 will pay for the general care of the Mounted Unit’s five horses for the entire year, including hay, feed, vitamins, medications, bedding, vaccinations and vet costs, and new shoes and trim every six weeks. Care for one horse per year costs $7,500.
“The Mounted Unit represents an important branch in Detroit’s Police Department, including Search and Rescue and crowd control,” said Mounted Unit Sergeant Erik Eide. “We are beyond humbled by Strategic Staffing Solution’s generosity in helping us care for our horses.” The Mounted Unit is comprised of Big Baby, Elmo, Ivan, Tiny and Vader.
Sgt. Eide first met representatives from S3 in December at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s Above & Beyond Awards Ceremony, resulting in S3’s interest to adopt the horses.
“Detroit must be safe and secure to attract the businesses and talent it needs to grow and continue on with its transformation,” said Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “The Mounted Unit plays a key role in that attraction through crime prevention and detection as well as community engagement. S3 is glad to help support the men and women of that unit as they work every day to keep our city safe.”
The Mounted Unit rides 365 days a year unless weather does not permit (below 15 degrees, heavy rain, lighting or ice storms).
They maintain police presence through daily patrols around busy Downtown and Midtown areas. At night, the unit patrols entertainment districts and the Detroit Riverwalk. Officers and horses also patrol neighborhoods and parks as needed based on crime activities.
The unit patrols major sporting events at all three sports venues downtown (Comerica Park, Ford Field and Joe Louis Arena) and is on site during any concerts held at these venues, as well.
Additionally, officers and horses attend hundreds of school and community events as requested, as well as career days and block parties.
“The service provided by the Detroit Police Mounted Unit to our citizens is immeasurable,” said Chief James Craig. “The very generous donation and adoption of our horses by S3 is more than just a financial pledge – it is a strong commitment to the community in which we all serve.”
“We are delighted to see the formation of such a great partnership between S3 and the Mounted Unit,” said Catherine Govan, executive director of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation. “It is thanks to the support of corporate citizens like S3 that we are able to continue our public safety mission. Their adoption of the Mounted Unit is a wonderful example of public and private sectors coming together to make a strong community in the city of Detroit.”
In 2013, S3 donated more than $1 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable efforts around the world and has donated more than $7 million since 2005.
About the Detroit Public Safety Foundation
The Detroit Public Safety Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 organization formed in 2011 dedicated to providing world class public safety to the citizens, businesses and visitors of Detroit. The mission of the Detroit Public Safety Foundation is to promote safety by enhancing the capabilities of the Detroit Police Department and Detroit Fire Department by facilitating access to world-class processes and operational tools. The Foundation serves as a liaison between the public and private sectors of the City of Detroit and seeks to engage all on the core issues of public safety and serve as advocates for the police, fire and public safety departments.
About Strategic Staffing Solutions
Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is an international, woman-owned, $238 million IT and business services company based in Detroit. S3 is ranked the sixth largest diversity staffing firm in the US by Staffing Industry Analysts and 16th among the largest staffing firms in the US by Staffing Industry Report. It is also one of five companies nationally that is a certified Charter Partner with Staffing Industry Analysts. S3 provides IT consulting, customized project solutions, vendor management programs and an executive search service to financial institutions, energy companies, telecommunications, government agencies and retail and health care industries worldwide. It has more than 2,000 consultants and 29 offices, 24 in the U.S. and five in Europe. For more information visit our website at http://www.strategicstaff.com/ or follow us on Facebook: Careers at Strategic Staffing Solutions.