April 28, 29, 30 - Minnesota State Fairgrounds
1265 Snelling Ave North, St. Paul, MN

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Minnesota Sheriff's Mounted Posse Association Presentation
Friday, April 28  - Saturday, April 29 - 9:30 to 10:25 -  AgStar Arena

Please join the Minnesota Sheriff's Mounted Posse Association in the AgStar Arena on Friday and Saturday at 9:30 for a sensory training and mounted police actions demonstration. We will demonstrate both how we teach our horses to remain calm in dangerous and/or scary situations, and also demonstrate crowd control tactics.

The Minnesota Sheriff's Mounted Posse Association (MSMPA) was incorporated in 1967. MSMPA is a non-profit organization composed of mounted posse units throughout the state. These units are made up of volunteers who assist their county sheriff in various duties, such as security at local events, search and rescue assistance, public relations, appearances at parades and other projects where the presence of mounted officers is beneficial. The MSMPA promotes education in the fields of law enforcement by offering scholarships to the youth of our membership and to the youth of employees of member county sheriff offices. Units of the MSMPA hold fundraisers for youth, scholarships and area charities, such as The Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

We undergo training to assist as special deputies to the sheriff offices. Training may include CPR, basic First Aid, blood-borne pathogens, use of force and other training designed to help us be effective representatives of law enforcement.

Training and experience are important for our equine partners as well. Many units plan sensory and use of force training exercises or attend sessions provided throughout the state. These exercises introduce our horses to some of the challenges that could be encountered while patrolling. Being able to stand calm in the noise and commotion of a crowd or carefully move one step sideways to avoid a baby stroller is vital. Training sessions attempt to emulate some of the things we may encounter so that our horses learn to look to their rider for guidance to get through the challenge versus taking flight!

"Let’s take a walk. This is what it looks like when mounted deputies are needing to escort an individual to a police officer/squad car. The two escorting riders have the person’s arms over the whither of the horse in a position that he cannot easily escape. Also, there is a leading rider in front and a rider behind. The individual is surrounded on all 4 sides for quick recapture should he be able to break away. Sometimes an escort can cover a lot of ground, so the horses must remain calm and walk very slowly. They cannot bump into each other or step on the individual."

"Sometimes it can get hot in the saddle! In this training event, these horses are participating in securing the perimeter. This scenario could play out in riot situations or other events where the public needs to be kept away from dangerous or high security crime scenes."

Rain or shine...or even rainbows! These posse members are ready for evening patrol at the county fair. The horses provide a law enforcement presence at the fair to deter fights or stealing, they assist with ambulance and police escorts, and finding lost children, while at the same time providing a positive presence of law enforcement in the community. The advantage to being on horseback is that the view is above the crowd and situations can be seen from farther away.


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