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Horse patrols to return to Incline Village, Washoe County

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Washoe County Sheriff's Office deputies who have expressed an interest in being part of the Mounted Horse Unit meet their horses at WCSO headquarters on Parr Boulevard on April 3.
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How you can help

WCSO is asking for public support to help cover the cost of uniform tack, riding helmets, blankets and other accessories necessary to the Mounted Horse Unit. Donations may be made to the Washoe County Honorary Deputy Sheriff’s Association (HMU), or by contacting Lt. Jeff Clark at 775-737-8801.

WASHOE COUNTY, Nev. — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is enhancing its future by reviving a tradition from the past — mounted horse patrols.

Sheriff Chuck Allen announced last week that the new Mounted Horse Unit is scheduled to begin operation this spring.

“Deputies on horseback are a unique benefit to the Sheriff’s Office and the public,” Allen said. “You can expect to start seeing them at some of our major community events such as the Reno Rodeo, Hot August Nights, and Red, White and Tahoe Blue, in addition to local parks and open space patrols.

“I encourage you to the take time to get to know the deputies and equine members of this unit, and show them your support for their service.”

Mounted units provide extra safety at venues where law enforcement visibility and mobility are important, but vehicle use is restricted. They help to increase public security at events involving large crowds and help to deter crime by their very presence.

The WCSO Mounted Horse Unit will be able to deploy a team of six mounted deputies into service as needed. Deputies provide their own horse and mounted unit functions are in addition to the deputy’s normal duty assignment.

Horse and rider must also complete required Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training courses before they are able to be utilized.

This article was provided by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. Visit washoesheriff.com to learn more.