Mounted Patrol


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, Night to Unite, county park events and patrolling the Gateway Trail system. Mounted Patrol members will not actively engage in enforcement activities of any kind. Click here to watch a video on the Mounted Patrol.


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.

Rider Qualifications

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Own or have access to a horse and trailer
  • Applicants must not have any physical or medical conditions that would limit their abilities to perform their assigned duties
  • All applicants will undergo an oral interview process
  • All horse and riders must successfully complete the prescribed qualification's course
  • Members must successfully complete a one year probationary period
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.

Time Commitment

Members are required to participate in 9 out of 12 meetings.