Mounted Patrol Unit was formed in 1981 with a grant from Community Development and Housing (CD&H) in order to have a police presence in some of the communities funded by CD&H. The unit patrols communities and county parks, targeting those communities in need of special patrols. It also provides security details and represents the police department at special events.
Housed at Carousel Park, the Mounted Patrol is staffed by six full-time officers, four auxiliary riders, and eleven large draft horses. Training is extensive, and the unit is highly competitive, participating regularly in national competitions. The Clydesdales are "gentle giants" noted for their intelligence and excellent temperament - good qualities for a police horse.
While the department will attempt to consider individual circumstances during the hiring process, dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification.