The Mounted Patrol Unit provides specialized services in the areas of search and rescue, crime prevention and crowd control. The Mounted Patrol Unit was formed with the goal of bringing citizens and police together to make the community safer. Seizure funds taken from the assets of drug dealers enabled the Mounted Unit to purchase equipment including uniforms, horse blankets, and a horse trailer.
The Department entered into a unique agreement with the Manassas National Battlefield Park that allows the Mounted Patrol Officers to use the Manassas National Battlefield Park horses and equipment on an as-needed basis. The horses are stabled at the Manassas Battlefield Park and remain the property of the U.S. Park Service.
The unit is used for initiatives including crime prevention, directed patrol, public relations, ceremonies, and search and rescue missions. Members also patrol major shopping centers, commuter parking lots, events at live entertainment venues, the County Fair and various local parades.
First Sergeant Susan Crosbie, whose favorite horse to ride is Will.
First Sergeant Kim Chinn, whose favorite horse to ride is Shiraz.
Master Detective Sandy Conlon, whose favorite horse to ride is Ginny.
Detective Ashley Gwinn-Sheldon, whose favorite horse to ride is Dudley.
Officer Jeremy Ramos, whose favorite horses to ride are Bogey and Sky