The Wyoming County Sheriff's Mounted Unit is a nationally performance ranked, all volunteer organization serving the citizens of the County of Wyoming and the State of New York.
They are affiliated with the Sheriff's Department of Wyoming County and serve at the discretion of the Wyoming County Sheriff, Farris S. Heimann.
After an initial interview and a background check, new members are accepted as probationary. Depending on commitment and mounted performance, probation status may last from 6 to 12 months. During the probationary phase, members are encouraged and expected to fully participate, within their ability, in all mounted activities.
Formed in 1973, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Posse is a volunteer not-for-profit corporation. The Mounted Unit serves the Sheriff's Office of Wyoming County, local fire departments and residents of the county and upon request will travel and assist other organizations in New York State.
Currently there are 20 active members supporting Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue activities. The Posse is instrumental in traffic and crowd control and spends many hours training at their facility. The volunteer members provide their own horse, trailer equipment and uniform while depending on donations to keep functioning.
Training consists of formation riding, sensory and obstacle control, basic search and rescue techniques, crowd control, police equitation, arrest techniques, situation control, vehicle extrication, firework acclimation and night maneuvers. Members are expected to attend 75% of meetings and training unless excused for work or illness. They must meet a minimal annual horse-rider hour commitment.
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Members of the Wyoming County Mounted Unit Trained and Patrolled with the elite Toronto, Canada Mounted Patrol. CLICK HERE to view the Press Release.
*****A ceremony was held on May 31, 2008 at the Wyoming County Mounted Unit's training grounds to commemorate the Mounted Divisionís thirty five years of service. CLICK HERE to view that Press Release.