2017-11-29 / Police News

Sheriff’s Dept. announces grads from Equine Mounted Police School

Delhi — Sheriff-Elect, Craig DuMond, on Monday announced the graduation of eight members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office from Equine Mounted Police School on November 17.

This is the second group of officers to graduate and join the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol Division.

During the week-long academy, members and their equine mounts were exposed to a variety of desensitizing activities such as flashing lights, loud sounds, pyrotechnics, flares, smoke, and gunfire. Members were required to maintain their horse’s composure under stress and function as a disciplined unit through a wide variety of obstacles, perform fundamentals of crowd control as well as search and rescue assignments.

The academy instructor was Karleen DuMond, owner/operator of Golden Gait Farm in Masonville. Speaking of the graduation, Sheriff DuMond remarked “I am very proud of the accomplishments of these officers. This is a very difficult school and not for the faint of heart.”

DuMond noted that since 1797 when the first Sheriff of Delaware County set out to perform his duties astride a horse, equines have been involved in police work and are as relevant today as they were then.

Elected sheriff in November to replace the retiring Tom Mills, DuMond added, “I look forward to the Mounted Patrol Division’s involvement in community relations; through fairs, festivals or parades. We will enhance and strengthen our relationship with the public; everyone loves the horses and the 10-foot-tall cop.”

DuMond further thanked his wife, Karleen DuMond, for her instruction of the class as well as the donation of her facility and horses that were used by seven of the officers.

“Without her assistance, this day would not have been possible,” the Sheriff concluded.

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