The North Miami Police Mounted Unit is a specialized unit within the North Miami Police Department that utilizes horses as an integral part of their law enforcement operations. The unit consists of highly trained police officers who are skilled in horsemanship and equipped with the necessary tools to perform their duties effectively.
The purpose of the North Miami Police Mounted Unit is to enhance public safety, improve community engagement, and provide a unique and valuable resource for law enforcement activities. The unit combines traditional policing techniques with the mobility and versatility offered by mounted patrols.
The goals of the North Miami Police Mounted Unit are:
1. Community Policing: The unit aims to establish a positive and interactive presence within the community. Mounted officers are more approachable and can engage with the public more easily, fostering stronger relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve.
2. Crowd Control and Public Safety: The mounted officers are particularly effective in managing large crowds and maintaining order during public events, protests, or demonstrations. The horses' size, visibility, and maneuverability allow officers to respond quickly to any situation, de-escalate tensions, and ensure public safety.
3. Crime Prevention and Response: The mounted unit contributes to crime prevention efforts by patrolling high-crime areas, parks, and other public spaces. They act as a deterrent to criminal activity and can respond rapidly to incidents, often accessing areas inaccessible to traditional patrol vehicles.
4. Search and Rescue: The mounted unit is trained to assist in search and rescue operations, especially in rugged terrains or areas where vehicles cannot easily navigate. The horses' agility and endurance make them valuable assets in locating missing persons or providing support during natural disasters.
5. Public Relations and Education: The unit actively participates in community outreach programs, school visits, and public events. Through demonstrations and interactions, they educate the public about the role of the police, horse care, and general safety information.
The North Miami Police Mounted Unit exemplifies the department's commitment to community-oriented policing and utilizes the unique capabilities of mounted patrols to enhance public safety, build trust, and foster positive relationships between law enforcement and the community.