BALTIMORE — City officials in Maryland along with the B&O Railroad Museum have announced plans to raise money to build a new stable for the nation’s oldest continuously operating police mounted unit.

News outlets report the effort to raise $2.5 million to build a stable for the Baltimore police’s mounted unit and an educational facility were announced Monday. They’ll be constructed on the museum’s 40-acre historic property.

Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says bringing the mounted unit to West Baltimore will help form community relationships and be one of the “crown jewels” of the department’s efforts to reform following unrest in 2015 and a Department of Justice report finding unconstitutional policing.

The mounted unit was founded in 1888 and consists of seven horses that are deployed for crowd control and community events.