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Scottsdale police horse 'Big Ben' retires

Scottsdale police horse retires
Posted at 3:49 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 23:58:28-04

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — After nine years of service, Scottsdale Police Horse "Big Ben" retired from service Friday.

Police say Ben joined the department in September of 2011.

After months of training, Ben was assigned to patrol the Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District.

His accomplishments include patrolling the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Super Bowl XLIX, Fiesta Bowl block parties, Chase Field baseball games and multiple holiday and memorial services throughout the Valley.

Scottsdale PD says Ben was sought out by many officers because he was considered such a reliable horse.

The department says Ben's retirement is well-earned and he will be going back home to his original donors.

Thank you for your service, Big Ben!