History of the Dallas Police Departments Mounted Unit.
1881- Dallas became an incorporated city with its own municipal Police Department. Chief James C. Arnold is the first Chief of Police. Dallas Police aquires its first telephone and citizens can now call for police on the telephone.
1882- Mounted Officers were based at the "Calaboose" on Houston street for the sole purpose of answering telephone calls for Police. Whenever an important call would come in, a Mounted Officer would gallop off, followed by the patrol wagon. The wagon would pick up foot patrol officers along the way, so that a number of officers would arrive at the secne ready to handle any situation.
1889- A large portion of Mounted Officers duties had to do with impounding stray dogs and livestock. Chief Arnold proposed the city designate another agency to handle this problem. There were stray children roaming the streets until all hours of the night, and he felt officers on horseback would be more effective patrolling surburban areas of the city.
1902- Mounted Officers were assigned to patrol. Mounted Officers relieved details at 6:00AM and 6:00PM each shift was 12 hours.
1900-1910- The city of Dallas had 59 officers: 42 Patrolmen, 4 Motors, 2 Patrol Wagon Drivers, 11 Mounted Officers, at one point the Mounted Unit had up to 16 officers.
1912- The first squad car hits the street and the horses begin to be phased out. The Mounted Unit was reduced to 6 officers.
1919- The Dallas Police Mounted Unit was disbanded.
1920- Crime in Dallas, espically burglary was rising at an alarming rate. The Mounted Unit was recalled. Officers on horseback were needed to patrol the streets at night along with officers in cars, on foot, on bicycles and with 40 volunteer firemean. Horses were sacrce at that time and four old fire horses were drafted into service. As soon as the rising crime rate seemed to be under control, 30 officers were dropped form the payroll and the Mounted Unit was again disbanded. The crime rate was soaring again by the late 1920's.
1972- Dallas Parks and Recreation department formed a part-time Mounted Unit to patrol the city's parks. Responding to particular park problems on an as-needed basis.
1973- Dallas Police form the Dallas Police Mounted Patrol Riding Club. The riding club was made up of off-duty officers who participated in parades and drill team performances representing the Dallas Police Department. The Riding Club was also utilized at the request of the department for situations involving missing persons and loose livestock. The Riding Club was not used for crowd control at this time.
1982- An experimental mounted patrol is started to stop burglaries in a Pleaseant Grove neighborhood. Beat officers Nancy Cawthon and Tommy Sneed propose to curb burglaries on their beat by patrolling it on horseback. The experiment was a huge success. The Mounted Unit is recommissioned with 8 officers. Officers provided their own horses and equipment. The State Fair of Texas Association provided temporary quarters for the unit at Fair Park in the old horse stables. Each officer cared for thier horse and equipment and maintained the stable.
1984- Dallas Parks and Recreation begin a Full-time Mounted Unit to patrol the parks.
1986- Dallas Police Department and Dallas Park Police merge units to form one Mounted Unit with a total strength of 17 officers.
1989- The Mounted Unit acquires Australian stock saddles and designs its own bridles, making a strong professional and uniform unit.
1993- Crime rates continue to drop in areas patrolled by Mounted Officers. Mounted Officers prove to be the most effective tool the Dallas Police Department has in quelling the street distrubances and gang violence at the Dallas Cowboy parade.
1998- The Dallas Police Mounted Unit acquires a new permanent barn in Fair Park, with locker facilities and offices for Mounted and K9 officers.
2006- The Mounted Unit provides perimeter and crowd control security for an immigration protest. The crowd was estimated at over 500,000.
2011- The Dallas Mounted Unit is reduced to 1 Sergeant and merges the once two squads into one. The Mounted Unit is now called, The Mounted Squad.
2013- With 1 Sergeant and 13 officers the Mounted Squad performs daily patrols, that target high crime areas. Along with assignments at the State Fair of Texas, The Mounted Squad is utilized for dignitary visits and crowd control concerns.
To be in the Mounted Squad, New riders must pass a rigorous seven (7) week basic riding school and a written exam before they can patrol the streets. After the school, officers will complete their training by working with a senior rider for two (2) weeks. Training for horse and rider is a continuous process and both are exposed to elements in a controlled environment to help them successfully complete their patrol work.
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The Dallas Police Department Mounted Unit was established in 1982. After a pilot program that consisted of deploying mounted officers in high burglary areas proved successful, a permanent unit was established. The officers were able to reduce the number o
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