The Mounted Patrol Unit began in 1982 with four officers and primarily patrolled the Main Street/Downtown area of Lexington. Currently the Unit has grown to nine officers and a Sergeant, patrolling high visibility assignments and downtown Lexington. The unit is assigned to the Patrol Services Section but provides services throughout the county when needed. The unit currently has 10 horses with a mixture of Perceron/Thoroughbred crosses, Thoroughbreds, and a Perceron/Quarter horse cross.
The unit was initially stabled at the Kentucky Horse Park, but currently has its own stables located at 575 West Sixth Street. The complex includes; a 4,800 square-foot barn with 12 stalls, an office and a roll-call center; a 7,200 square-foot indoor training arena; and a storage structure for hay and grain.
Mounted Officers specialize their patrol in two main areas of police work: Crowd Control and Special Events.
Mounted Patrols are effective for crowd control because officers can see over the crowd, spot problems and move crowds. A Mounted Officer can accomplish what 8 to 10 officers on foot are able to do. Mounted Police Officers have the same responsibilities as other police officers in cruisers, on foot, bike, or motorcycle patrol. New officers to the Mounted Unit initially go through a 12 week training program.
The unit participates in a National Mounted Police Competition annually, usually located in the northeast region of the United States.
Only 20 percent of the horses reviewed for use on the Mounted Patrol are actually used. The horses selected for Mounted Patrol are the ones with the proper temperament. A mounted police horse for this unit must be at least 16 hands high, which is 5 feet 4 inches tall, measured up to the point where the neck meets the body of the horse.
The Mounted Patrol Unit welcomes donations. These donations can be written off to 80% on value of the horse donated. Please contact the Mounted Patrol Unit at (859) 258-3868 to make a donation.
580 West Sixth Street
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., five days a week.
The unit has limited availability for demonstrations and facility tours.
Last updated: 1/8/2009 1:34:35 PM