Miniature horse becomes new face of policing in Los Angeles County

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Handler Victoria Nodiff-Netanel with Valor and deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Photo: Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses/Facebook
Handler Victoria Nodiff-Netanel with Valor and deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Photo: Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses/Facebook

Valor is the new – and extremely cute – face of policing in Los Angeles County.

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station, part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, has announced that the miniature therapy horse, along with trainer and handler Victoria Nodiff-Netanel, are in the process of becoming the station’s newest volunteers.

Valor and Nodiff-Netanel are part of a nonprofit organization called Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses.

The group is dedicated to visiting and assisting a range of people, from children suffering from extended illnesses to survivors of natural disasters and terrorism.

The organization works with 35,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, law enforcement community outreach programs, Ronald McDonald Houses, and with families who have experienced traumatic events.

Valor lives in Malibu, California, with four other therapy horses that, together, make up Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses West.

Valor is specially trained as a law enforcement therapy horse and was named in honor of fallen Police Officer Kenneth Tietjen, who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks.

As part of their duties, Valor and Nodiff-Netanel will comfort those in need during traumatic events.

Valor will also be an integral part of a local reading program and the station’s community outreach events.

Valor will serve as a “face” of law enforcement and will do so while upholding the sheriff’s department’s motto of “A Tradition of Service”.

Partnering with Valor and the Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horse Organization gives the department the opportunity to reach children at a young age.

Valor will be part of a commitment by the department to continue to work together and build a productive and healthy relationship with its community.

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