Police horses must meet certain criteria as well as have a certain temperament to ensure they can handle the high stress job of policing in the community. All horses must meet certain physical criteria and pass a medical examination before being brought into the Barn for a trial period. Horses must be 16 hands tall and under 12 years old to join the herd. Once they are brought to the Barn, they are observed to ensure they are a good fit before any physical training would begin. The Unit is always looking for great horses so let us know if you have any leads!
The Unit is often in need of volunteers for special events. All volunteers with the City of Omaha must apply through the Omaha Police Department and pass a background check before they can volunteer at an event.
Contact Erin McGuire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an information packet that will include a Volunteer Application Form, Volunteer Agreement Form, Volunteer Statement of Confidentiality and Waiver Form, Emergency Data Sheet, and Identification Badge Request. To become a volunteer an individual must be at least 19 years of age.
Upon return of the completed application, reference checks, a criminal history background check, and a personal interview are conducted for all volunteer applicants. Volunteer assignments are based on skills, talents, and interests. Volunteer openings may or may not be available at any given time.
The Mounted Patrol is an active police unit serving the Uniform Patrol Bureau in the Southeast Precinct. The Unit primarily covers Downtown Omaha and the Riverfront area but assists with large events throughout the City of Omaha as well as special events.
Yes, just give the Barn a call to set up a visit ahead of time so they can ensure an officer is there to show you around! 402-444-4502.
In English–speaking countries, horses are measured in “hands,” or four–inch increments, a measurement that originated in ancient Egypt. For example, a horse that measures 56 inches from the ground up to the top of the withers is 14 hands high, or 14 hh. Learn more by clicking below!