Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Reserve Forces Bureau

A Tradition of Service since 1850










Mounted Enforcement Detail (MED)

Mounted Enforcement Detail (MED) currently consists of full time Deputy Sheriffs, and some Sheriff's Reserves. Personnel purchase their own equestrian mounts (horses) which they use for the detail.  Full time Deputies train and deploy primarily in addition to their regular work week and separate from their units of assignment.

The mission of the Mounted Enforcement Detail is to provide the Department with a well-trained equestrian unit capable of being utilized in a variety of situations including, but not limited to:

  • Crime suppression/Directed Patrol
  • Crowd Management
  • Ceremonial Events
  • "Riderless Horse" at some Deputy funerals
  • Static Displays
  • Wildfire Equine and Livestock Evacuation

Mounted Enforcement Detail personnel have traveled to Taiwan where, along with other full time mounted officers from across the United States, they performed for the Chinese public to celebrate the formation of their first mounted police unit. Veteran members are selected to attend training at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Otawa. Monthly training is conducted and our Department has historically offered six, POST approved, 16 - 40 hour courses to our personnel and participating agencies. Mounted Enforcement Detail regularly sponsors one of the largest one day equestrian trainings in the State with over one hundred participants.  M.E.D. has transformed from a unit comprised mainly of Reserve Deputies in the 1980's with limited capabilities to a high percentage of full time personnel with highly specialized training.

During the past few years, M.E.D. has been deployed to significant crowd management incidents including: the Forum in Inglewood as part of a mutual aid response, Martin Luther King Hospital as part of the Tactical Response Force, Lynwood and Compton Christmas Celebrations, West Hollywood Halloween Event, Cinco De Mayo festival at Whittier Narrows Regional Park, Major League Soccer games at the Home Depot Center in Carson and the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena.