The Minneapolis Mounted Patrol Unit is highly visible and very well received by the public. It was created in 1996 with two riders and three police horses. Today the unit has ten horses, mostly donated by private citizens. The unit is overseen by the Special Operations Division and has one full-time Mounted Patrol Sergeant. There are currently twenty sworn police officers who are fully trained riders.
The Mounted Patrol Unit is a valuable asset to the community for several reasons, including the following:
The elevated position of Mounted Officers makes them six times more visible and helps to spot and deter certain types of crime. The officer and horse provide a sense of protection to the citizens making use of public areas. On the streets, the Mounted Officers high position, visibility and mobility enable them to deal quickly with street disturbances and traffic problems. The Mounted Patrol brings high visibility and presence connecting them to the community they service.
The unit currently assists with:
The Minneapolis Mounted Police Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that was founded to provide ongoing financial support for the Mounted Patrol Unit for the Minneapolis Police Department.
The Foundation allows businesses and private citizens the opportunity to make tax deductible contributions to maintain a mounted patrol that provides safety and security for the citizens, visitors and workers in the City of Minneapolis.
The Foundation supports the Mounted Police by providing supplemental funding for supplies, equipment, and training. They conduct fundraising and public relations events to promote the mission and values of the Mounted Police. They provide financial support to continue to provide Minneapolis with positive community oriented policing and education.