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Scheid Enjoys Connecting with the Community as a Mounted Patrol Deputy
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Mounted Patrol are police who patrol on horseback. They are excellent in crowd control because of their mobility and height advantage. It has been stated that a well trained horse and rider have an impact in crowd control that is equal to ten deputies on foot. They are also a great asset in search and rescue efforts in areas where vehicles might be impractical.

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Deputy, Cody Scheid recently graduated from a Basic Mounted Patrol Program hosted by Douglas County. Deputies Shane Mullen and Clayton Kent also graduated the program. The deputies practiced crowd control, SWAT Team formations, potential riot situations, how to work through loud noises and distractions, and trained on search and rescue. This is the most recent of several training sessions Scheid and his horse have excelled at. The members of the Mounted Patrol train continuously and are all Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) certified.

Scheid says, "Mounted Patrol is one of the best forms of community outreach. Seeing people's reactions when you ride by on your horse wearing your uniform is priceless. Most all of the contacts are positive, like 'Can I pet your horse? What's his name? , and I didn't know the Sheriff's Office had a Mounted Patrol Unit.' It's a great way to connect with the community.

Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol is headed by Sheriff Kirk Taylor who said, "As a rider myself, the Mounted Patrol is close to my heart, and I believe they add a great deal to our agency."

The horses used in the program are personally owned by the riders who are responsible for their daily care. The mounted officer and his horse develop a strong trust in each other. The horses used in patrol must be patient enough to stand still for long periods, calm enough to ignore loud noises, well trained enough to move into a rowdy crowd upon command, and kind enough to let a toddler pet their nose.

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