Tempe Police Department’s Mounted Unit will conduct training of new mounted officers on Feb. 25 and 26.
Established in 1974, The Mounted Unit works with crowd management, high visibility enforcement, person searches, as well as park, neighborhood, business and entertainment district patrol, public relations and training.
The unit focuses mainly on the Downtown and Mill Avenue area, with its large crowds, clubs, restaurants, events, and festivals.
The Tempe Police Mounted Unit consists of six horses, one Sergeant, two full-time officers, 13 "reserve officers", one part-time groom, and 14 volunteers. The six mounts are "Blitz", "Phoenix", "Rex", "Rio", "Stryder" and "Thor". They range in age from eight to 12 years old.
Mounts have the ability to chase down an offender, move through a crowd of people, and do the job without distraction from fireworks, traffic or other noise.
For more information on the Tempe Police Mount, visit www.tempe.gov.