Mounted Search and Rescue Training Operations Offer Huge Benefits

September 13, 2014

Hats off to the Livingston Co. Sheriff’s Department for their field training operations. Last month, the mounted patrol conducted a practice search and rescue operation for its mounted posse. The advantages to actual in the field training exercises for officers and their horses are significant:

  • become familiar with an area likely to require a MSAR unit
  • expose their horses to the commotion and stress of a search
  • give less experienced members and horses training
  • allow the public to know the unit can be mobilized when needed
  • builds confidence levels for both horses and riders
  • enables leadership to know areas for training reinforcement.

This training session allowed the mounted patrol to practice two drills. One searching for a special needs child and the second looking for discarded evidence from a fleeing criminal. Both scenarios are tasks well suited to these volunteer officers making their community a better, safer, and more secure place to live.

 

 

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