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September 27, 2017

Waste Masters honors Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol

For more than half a decade, the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol has served as a key outreach unit to communities and provided security to some of the most popular events in The First State.

The Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol was established in 2012. 

In recognition of the unit’s faithful efforts on behalf of the citizens of Delaware, the Waste Masters Solutions Hometown Hero Award for 2017 will be given to the Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol in a ceremony before the “Apache Warrior 400 presented by Lucas Oil” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 1.

At least five members of the DSP Mounted Patrol will on hand at the Monster Mile during the first elimination race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series postseason.

The honorees will be introduced as part of the Sunday pre-race activities, and receive a $2,017 check for the organization from Waste Masters.

The Delaware State Police Mounted Patrol began with three members in 2012. Today, the DSP Mounted Patrol includes one full-time Trooper and 11 field (part-time) riders and six horses who are assigned to approximately 115 events per year, ranging from demonstrations and neighborhood patrols to crowd-control at large events such as the Delaware State Fair and Firefly Music Festival.

DSP Mounted Patrol officers receive extensive training, which includes basic equitation, sensory training with items like sirens and fireworks, mounted firearms training, and arrest and crowd-control procedures.

The DSP Mounted Patrol also performs many community outreach appearances, such as visiting schools and businesses in all three Delaware counties throughout the year.

The six draft horses in the DSP Mounted Patrol are made up of five Percherons and one Shire, all donated from mid-Atlantic states. The horses, which are always crowd favorites for children and adults alike, range in age from 7 to 15, stand from 17.2 to 18.3 hands and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.

The DSP Mounted Patrol’s horses are housed and cared for at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Through a partnership with the Delaware Department of Correction, selected prisoners are trained to work in the Delaware State Police barn, where they assist with maintenance and horse care as part of a community re-entry program.

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Dover Motorsports, Inc. (NYSE: DVD) is a leading promoter of NASCAR sanctioned motorsports events whose subsidiaries own and operate Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. and Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn. The company also plays host to the Firefly Music Festival, produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice. For more information, visit www.DoverMotorsports.com.