Note: This post was authored by RDC friend, Sam Chesnut ~ One of our very special OCSO Mounted Patrol Members. I added the “Shout Out” language to the title of this post. They’re certainly deserving of some kudos from our group today. Thanks, OCSO-MP, for all you do.~ RDC Editor
Have you ever heard the phrases, “Back to the future,” or “That’s so old it’s new?” Well that very approach applies to one of the newest/old forms of law enforcement in operation today. It is the use of horses in patrol and special services provided for modern day law enforcement. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is one of the very few organized, operational mounted patrol units in existence in Oklahoma. The OCSO Mounted Patrol is a progressive concept supported and expanded by Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel. Sheriff Whetsel has utilized the Mounted Patrol in general and specialized patrol, agency assists, field searches, and crowd control. The usefulness of the Equine Mounted Patrol in law enforcement is only limited by your imagination, and the particular situation at hand.