The goal of this community outreach program is to build a partnership with the public and positively impact these impressionable youth. Established in 2004 by the adoption of Ninth Street Elementary School by the LAPD Mounted Platoon, the Mini-Mounties program began by escorting ten students from the skid row school to Knott's Berry Farm. These children lived in the downtown area, many residing in overcrowded living arrangements such as transient hotels, small apartments or homeless shelter. These children were not only exposed to the pervasive stress of their surroundings, but were also, in constant need of medical, dental and vision assistance, food, counseling and consistent discipline with dignity. Due to their social-economic status, it was a challenge, for the staff and facility to teach and inspire the students. This is when the officers of the Mounted Platoon sought to get involved to help support the schools' staff and students. In 2021, The Mini-Mounties program began a partnership with the Community Safety Partnership Program (CSP) in conjunction with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). To date, over five thousand students have been impacted from four different schools. As a police officer, one has the power to change people's lives in a negative or positive way. We choose the latter.
The program also includes a "Christmas" gathering during Christmas season for 1,005 special needs children, inner city students and their teachers. Last year a total of 3800 gifts where given. This Program was started by Officers Jimmy Barlow and Ronnie Daniels. Officer.
Additionally, the Platoon is also involved with the Children of Fallen Officers, whose fathers and/or mothers have given the ultimate sacrifice. Every year the Officers bring the Children in for home-cooked food, horseback riding and a movie in the arena allowing the Children to forget about their problems for one day.
These programs are maintained through the generous donations from a the general public and corporations / companies. If you would like to help with donations for these wonderful programs please contact us at (213) 485 – 5909.
The Officers of the LAPD Mounted Platoon continue to support the community by traveling throughout the City attending public functions. Whether it be an elementary school or a charity function, the horses help educate and inspire thousands of people a year.