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.