Mounted Patrol Unit was formed in 1981 with a grant from Community Development and Housing (CD&H) in order to have a police presence in some of the communities funded by CD&H. The unit patrols communities and county parks, targeting those communities in need of special patrols. It also provides security details and represents the police department at special events.
Housed at Carousel Park, the Mounted Patrol is staffed by five full-time officers, seven auxiliary riders, and eight large draft horses. Training is extensive, and the unit is highly competitive, participating regularly in national competitions. The Clydesdales are "gentle giants" noted for their intelligence and excellent temperament - good qualities for a police horse.