Responsibilities & Services
Established in 1985, the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol is a volunteer based organization comprised of approximately 20 active riding members and up to 8 auxiliary members. The Mounted Patrol is an integral part of the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team. The Mounted Patrol also has the additional duties of crowd control, security, and public relations. Members participate in public service activities such as REA Days at Crow Wing Power, parades throughout Crow Wing County and the Crow Wing County Fair. The Mounted Patrol will also assist nearby counties if aid is needed.
All members must be 21 years of age or older and pass a criminal background check. Riding members provide their horse, trailer and tow vehicle at their own expense. Each rider and horse must be tested annually on their horsemanship skills and their ability to meet the required standards. Once the initial training and testing are completed, the riders are sworn in as Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol Deputies.
Training is an on going process throughout the year. Crow Wing County hosts one of the largest training clinics in the state. Each year the clinic offers classes in areas of search and rescue, formation riding, first aid, ground work, communications, scent tracking, team building and sensory training.
Auxiliary members are non-riding members and must be 21 years of age or older. Auxiliary members provide support and assistance to the Mounted Patrol in accomplishing our mission.
The Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol is funded by tax-deductible donations and fundraising events put on by our members. The donations provide the funds for equipment, tack and training expenses. Our largest event is a Fun Show held in August that is open to the public. Riders from ages 5 and older compete to win ribbons with a prize given to the overall winner in each age bracket. Tax-deductible donations are always welcome.