INTERMEDIATE MOUNTED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CIVILIAN POSSE COURSE

 

Course Description

 

This course is intended for both sworn and non-sworn members of a law enforcement agency's mounted  unit or posse who have completed Basic Mounted Police or Posse training conducted by their agency or a recognized mounted law enforcement training program, AND who desire to advance their professional development by taking their mounted police and civilian posse training beyond the basic level.

 

The 40+ hour curriculum consists of classroom instruction, as well as practical training both on and off horseback.  Unlike the Basic class, this course will go beyond the introduction to provide more in-depth instruction on the many aspects of mounted law enforcement.  Upon successful completion of the course the student will have enhanced knowledge and skills related to his or her responsibilities as a mounted law enforcement officer or civilian support member.   

 

Our courses are insured and all instruction is supervised by graduates of the University of Louisville - Southern Police Institute's Mounted Law Enforcement Instructor Course.

 

Curriculum

 

This course provides a more in-depth examination of the many aspects of training involved in mounted public service.  The curriculum consists of classroom instruction, as well as practical training both on and off horseback to include:

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  • In-depth discussion of mounted law enforcement and civilian support organizations.

  • Your role, responsibilities and expectations as a mounted officer or civilian support member.

  • A review of horsemanship fundamentals.

  • In-depth examination of the inherent characteristics, anatomy, senses and behaviors of horses.

  • In-depth discussion on horse health, common injuries and illnesses, first aid treatments and preventative care.

  • In-depth discussion on tack and understanding the various types of bits and how they should be used in the various stages of training and to correct certain issues.

  • Instruction on proper equitation.  Significantly more time will be spent on equitation than in the Basic class in order to take your riding skills to the next level.  It is our belief that a mounted officer is only as effective as his/her riding skills and the abilities of the horse.

  • A review of the proper manner of introducing obstacles and other stimuli to horses for the purpose of conditioning them to the types of stimuli that it is likely to encounter in public service.  A significant amount of time is spent on sensory and obstacle training.

  • A review of Response to Resistance / Use of Force for sworn officers while on horseback.

  • A review on self defense techniques for both sworn and non-sworn personnel on horseback.

  • Gunfire training, traffic stops, vehicle and suspect approaches, arrest procedures, searches of persons and handcuffing all from horseback for sworn mounted personnel.

  • A review on how to escort persons and vehicles.

  • A review of the Do's and Don'ts of pursuing while on horseback for the sworn mounted officer.

  • A review of traffic direction.

  • A significant amount of time is spent on basic formation riding, as well as tactical formations with simulated passive and aggressive crowds.

  • An in-depth discussion on mounted support for crowd management.

  • An in-depth discussion on mounted support in search and rescue operations.

 

Who Should Attend


This course is designed for both sworn and non-sworn members of a law enforcement agency's mounted  unit or posse who have completed Basic Mounted Police or Posse training conducted by their agency or a recognized mounted law enforcement training program, AND who desire to advance their professional development by taking their mounted police and civilian posse training beyond the basic level.

Being an accomplished rider is not necessary.  Participants should, however, possess at least basic riding skills to attend this class such as the ability to ride a horse at a walk, trot and canter from point to point without veering off course, as well as to stop, back and turn the horse.  The student should also know how to properly perform the Side Pass, Haunches In, Haunches Out and Leg Yield. 

The course is considered by some to be somewhat physically challenging.  Participant should be in reasonably good health and without any physical or medical condition that could be worsened by the activities of the class, or that might otherwise create a risk to the participant or others.

 

Location


This course is regularly conducted at the Emerald Oaks Ranch, home of Suncoast Equine Inc, in central Florida.   If you would like the class conducted closer to you, please contact us for arrangements.

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