The Tampa City Council approved the use of horses for its police force on October 2, 1891. Initially, the horse or mule in law enforcement were used for pulling the prisoner transport wagon. Today the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol Unit has six horses and is a strong presence in all major events of the city assisting with crowd control and perimeter patrol. They are also utilized in crime prevention, park patrols, and community relations. This specialty unit requires intense skill and specialty training for both the officer and the horse. The Tampa Police Mounted Unit proudly serves Tampa’s citizens and is a premier model for agencies around the country for training and professionalism.
Rise Tampa Mounted Club is a non-profit organization that supports the Tampa Police Mounted Patrol Unit to better the community. With generous donations, the unit can provide essential equipment, critical medical needs, and barn facility supplies for the horses. Recently, funds from the Rise Tampa Mounted Club assisted in the purchase of two new horses to replace retired horses.