|SPECIAL SERVICES - Mounted Patrol|
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The unit works under the authority of Sheriff Steve Barry. It is a non-profit charitable organization. The unit is made up of regular and special deputies who volunteer their time, their horses, and their equipment for the benefit of the Sheriff's Office and the citizens of Summit County. The unit also has an auxiliary that assists them with their functions. A portion of the charitable contributions are donated each year, to the Battered Women's Shelter, the Summit County Victims Assistance Program, and the Therapeutic Riding Center for Children.
Although the unit still can be seen at parades and other public functions, it underwent many changes in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The unit began to train for more law-enforcement type functions. The mounted unit can be more effective than deputies on foot or in vehicles in certain situations. The mounted deputy is able to view a large area, from his position on the horse, and can pursue a suspect fleeing on foot into areas that a vehicle cannot go. Members of the unit and their horses have gone through training at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, the Cleveland Metro Parks Mounted Training School, and the Buckeye State Mounted Training School. The unit also hosted two training sessions conducted by the national Mounted Training Group. The instructors for these sessions came from the Canadian Royal Mounted Police, and from mounted units in New York and Florida. The mounted patrol also conducts their own training sessions each year. The deputies and their horses are trained in the proper methods of crowd control and arrest procedures, from horseback. The horses are exposed to gunfire, fireworks, smoke, fire, flashing lights and sirens during these trainings.
The mounted patrol has been called on to assist other departments in Painsville, Warren, and Toledo with crowd control. The unit has been called on to search for missing persons on several occasions, including in the City of Tallmadge, the City of Green and in Franklin Township. The unit also works many of the concerts at Blossom Music Center helping to provide security in the parking lot. Recently the unit has provided assistance to the Akron Police Department during the " May Day" situation at the University of Akron and the fireworks display in downtown Akron on July fourth.
One of the most satisfying aspects of working with the mounted patrol is the positive relationship that can be developed between the public and law enforcement.
If you have a function or event that you wish the mounted patrol to appear at, we can be contacted through Sheriff Alexander's Office.