The Mounted Patrol Unit operates full-time and throughout the entire year. The unit is involved in large-scale events, regular patrol and, of course, just meeting the public. Horses have been proven to be effective in crowds, as well as with regular street patrol - and their presence is both friendly in addition to being a valuable patrol asset.
Unit staffing consists of four (4) officers and a sergeant who are assigned full time. The unit has five (5) horses from a variety of breeds. The units horses are primarily donations made to the non profit “friends” organization which helps support unit training.
The unit runs an eight week (320 hour) basic qualification course each spring to train additional riders and assists in training mounted officers from other jurisdictions. Two of the unit members have trained with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in
Ottawa, Canada and competed or attended training at both Regional and National Mounted Police events.
The hours of deployment vary with demands for service. The horses work in all areas of the city from downtown to commercial and residential neighborhoods.
The officers carry trading cards of themselves and their horses, so be sure and ask for one. The officers will allow you to pet the horses, but please ask the officer first and ask where that particular horse likes to be petted.
Remember, when you ask the officers to stop and talk, or if you can pet the horse, they may be on a call for service. Please be understanding if the officers tell you they can not stop because they are working, and be sure to ask again the next time you see them.
Any questions or comments concerning the Saint Paul Mounted Police Unit should be directed to Sergeant Valarie Namen at (651) 266-5798 (Email