The Davie Police Department currently employs a four-horse-mounted unit, supervised by one sergeant.
The patrol units are used to support the Road Patrol Division. These teams complete a rigorous training process. Once completing this process they must complete an annual certification through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
The Mounted Patrol Unit is often used for crowd management. Some of the benefits of using the mounted patrol unit in a crowd include enabling an officer to assess a crowd and providing a calming effect on crowds in tense situations
The Mounted Unit can be deployed on back streets, alleys, apartment complexes, and other areas. The horse walks at a speed of 3-5 mph which allows for real observation by the officer. Due to the height of the horse and officer, both are visible to the public and the police presence is magnified.
Their service to the community and their fellow officers has proven to be invaluable. Beyond their assigned duties, the mounted unit provides popular demonstrations at our schools and at a variety of town events throughout the year.