The police have named their newest police horse ‘Banks’, in memory of a nine-year-old boy who was killed after being struck by lightning.
The touching gesture comes two months after Jordan Banks was killed in the freak accident in a field in Blackpool.
At the time of his death, police shared how Jordan had touched the hearts of many of the force’s officers, after anonymously leaving sweet treats on police cars to cheer them up at the start of the pandemic.
Officers managed to track him down and had intended to reward Jordan’s kindness by inviting him in to the force’s mounted and dogs units for a visit, but sadly that was never able to happen.
Instead, and to pay tribute to the football mad little lad, the mounted branch now plan on naming their newest police horse ‘Banks’ in his memory.
T/Ch Supt Wendy Bower, of the Police’s TacOps team, said: “We have now chosen to name ‘Banks’ in memory of Jordan and to express our gratitude to him.
“We hope this lets Jordan’s family know how much we appreciated his kindness last year.”
The name also follows the Lancashire Police tradition of naming our horses after places across the county.
Banks, formerly known as Fred, has joined the force from a home in West Yorkshire and is a popular member of the mounted branch already.
A spokesperson for the police said: “He is kind, friendly, laidback and loves getting attention from his human colleagues. He also likes the occasional mint as a treat.
“He is still in training but is doing brilliantly and it won’t be long before he is allocated a police officer to go on patrol with more regularly.”