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LAPD Mounted Platoon History

The Mounted Platoon is part of the Los Angeles Police Department Metropolitan Division and is recognized as a leader in teaching Mounted Unit procedures in the country.  The Platoon focuses primarily on crime suppression, crowd management and demonstrations.

Officers in the Mounted Platoon also offer support and guidance through the Mini-Mounted program which supports under-served children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience horses or activities that many take for granted.

The Los Angeles Police Department Mounted Platoon is located at 3934 Rigali Ave, Los Angeles CA 90039.  Adjacent to the beautiful Griffith Park with its hundreds of acres of open space, and is ideally located for various training opportunities for both officers and horses.  The facility encompasses two acres which include a 40 stall barn, covered arena, hot walker and round pen.

Since ancient times winning the battle on horseback had proven highly effective.  Modifying time proven tactics to suit the present day, the Los Angeles Police Department Mounted Platoon is the epitome of a modern day cavalry.

In July of 1981, a volunteer mounted unit was formed to assist in effectively dealing with dangerous and potentially explosive incidents.  Comprised of a group of dedicated officers from throughout the department, these officers voluntarily spent many hours developing tactics, in addition to supplying their own horses, tack and transportation.  In 1988, recognizing the value of this unit, the City of Los Angeles adopted a proposal to establish a full time mounted unit to replace the existing volunteer program.

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