Mounted Patrol

Synergy is created throughout the community when horses and police officers come together, enhancing public safety. They help diversify policing strategies by helping with crowd control, enhancing visibility, and accessibility during searches. Your Foundation funds provide training, equipment, and help underwrite the care of the horses. 

Donations support the Mounted Patrol 

The Evansville Police Department Mounted Patrol works to create unity between officers and those they pledge to protect. Every interaction builds bonds of trust between law enforcement and the people in our community.

Police Horses are not only popular with the public and especially children, but they are also useful in a variety of situations. Policing on horseback provides the flexibility to patrol areas that vehicles cannot easily reach, such as green ways, parks and other pedestrian areas.

The height advantage for officers while sitting atop the horse allows riders to easily observe crowd activities or look over walls and fences, areas that would go unnoticed by officers on foot or in patrol vehicles.

The Mounted Patrol is currently not included in the department’s budget. The horses are funded through generous donations and contributions sent to the Evansville Police Department Foundation. Therefore, we look to the community for sponsorship and support. Your donations are greatly appreciated. 

 sergeant wood & blondie

Horse

  • Name: Blondie
  • Gender: Mare (Female)
  • Breed: Percheron Dutch Warmblood Cross
  • Date of Birth: June 2, 2006  |  Place of Birth: Angola, Louisiana
  • Height: 17.1 Hands or 69 inches | Weight 1500 pounds 
  • Favorite Food: Fresh Green Grass
  • Favorite Activity: Being brushed and groomed
  • Favorite Fact: Blondie can sleep standing up or lying down  

Officer / Owner

  • Name: Tyrone Wood
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Serving Since: 2006

 

OFFICER HARPER & MAXIMUS

Horse

  • Name: Maximus
  • Gender: Gelding (Male)
  • Breed: Percheron Cross
  • Date of Birth: 2011  
  • Height: 16.1 Hands or 65 inches | Weight 1600 pounds 
  • Favorite Food: Hay with a flake of alfalfa
  • Favorite Activity: Trail riding
  • Favorite Fact: Maximus was an English Hunter Jumper horse before joining Mounted Patrol

Officer / Owner

  • Name: Paul Harper
  • Rank: Officer
  • Serving Since: 2018

Officer Vantlin & speck

Horse

  • Name: Speck
  • Gender: Gelding (Male)
  • Breed: Percheron Quarterhorse
  • Date of Birth: April 14, 2012  |  Place of Birth: Paoli, Indiana
  • Height: 16.1 Hands or 69 inches | Weight 1400 pounds
  • Favorite Food: Hay and feed
  • Favorite Activity: Swimming
  • Favorite Fact: Speck enjoys splashing in water and he can swim with a rider on his back

Officer / Owner

  • Name: Jeff Vantlin
  • Rank: Officer
  • Serving Since: 1995

 

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