The Washington County Mounted Patrol was founded in 1994. Mounted Patrol members are concerned citizens who volunteer their time to assist the Sheriff's Office in search and rescue. Members may also participate in parades, safety fairs, National Night Out, county park events and patrolling the Gateway Trail system. Mounted Patrol members will not actively engage in enforcement activities of any kind.
To work in partnership with the community to provide search and rescue services in a responsible manner through innovation, leadership, and the cooperation of dedicated people. Mounted Patrol members and their horses also present themselves as good role models for children and adults.
Horses considered for Mounted Patrol duty must meet the following criteria:
- Horses must be 36 months old or older
- Horse must not be stallions
- Horses that become uncontrollable will be removed from the Mounted Patrol detail until such time that they can safely participate.
- All towing vehicles and trailers must pass a yearly inspection by a licensed peace officer or someone qualified.
- All towing vehicles and trailers shall be maintained in safe and legal condition at all times.
- Members are required to participate in nine out of twelve meetings per year
- Members must be able to respond to emergency call-outs.