CSO holds Mounted Patrol graduation
Caddo Sheriff’s Office
Horsing around is usually discouraged among deputies participating in law enforcement, but the Caddo Sheriff’s Office recently made an exception.
Twelve Caddo sheriff’s deputies and their horses recently took part in a 40-hour training course to certify them for service with the department’s Mounted Patrol.
The class graduated Saturday at Tommy Baker’s arena on Louisiana Highway 530 east of Oil City, La.
The Mounted Patrol is used at community events like festivals, the Louisiana State Fair and Mardi Gras and also for searches and fugitive apprehension.
Training includes instruction in crowd control, defensive tactics, formation riding, desensitization, obstacle course performance and general horsemanship.
After Saturday’s graduation, the CSO Mounted Patrol now includes 30 full-time, reserve and auxiliary deputies.
All members volunteer their service and provide their own horses, vehicles, trailers and tack.
Both horse and rider must be certified to be a member of the Caddo Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol.
Graduates are Lt. John Fourcade and Bandit, Cpl. Beaux Nunnery and Baylee, Deputy Joseph Fourcade and Duke, Deputy Brandi Jo Nunnery and Vieja, Deputy Maggie Boykin and Black Jack, Deputy Chris Childress and Comet, Reserve Deputy Elam Fontenot and Fancy, Reserve Deputy Debra Burcham and Cowboy, Auxiliary Deputy Shirley Asbrock and Rudy, Auxiliary Deputy Mark Wendell and Poncho, Auxiliary Deputy Chloe Wendell and Angel, and Auxiliary Deputy Bobbie Jo Wendell and Angel.