Police are no longer on horseback in Charleston. The barn for the Charleston mounted police was closed and the horses that once carried police officers around town were adopted into new homes. The reason: bicycles, motorcycles and three-wheeled scooters are cheaper to maintain and acquire, and the city has to find ways to cut its budget.
Currently, the Charleston Police Department has 38 bikes, four T3 scooters, a segway and two 250CC Nighthawk motorcycles available for patrol in the city. The battery-powered T3 motion scooters only cost 10 cents a day to operate.
Prior to the cuts, there were six police horses in Charleston.