Part-Time Deputy; Full-Time Hero
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department presently has three equestrian programs
totalling more than one hundred eighty personnel. They include
- Reserve Mounted Posse (located at seven Sheriff’s Stations.)
- Mounted Search and Rescue Unit
- Mounted Enforcement Detail
For further information regarding the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments equestrian programs contact Sergeant
Los Angeles Search Dogs (LASD) was founded in 1985 and is an all volunteer search team for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The Team uses trained dogs to search for lost persons in wilderness and urban areas. The dogs are also trained to search for cadavers in avalanches, collapsed and burned buildings, and also for drowning victims.
“Our trail rides can be a real adventure”
The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse has existed since the Department’s inception in 1850. LASD reserve During the 1940’s the Posse continued to grow and was made up of Reserve Deputies. Up to the mid 1970’s the Posse maintained more than 500 Reserves.
Mounted Search and Rescue functions as an integrated support unit to the Department in emergency situations requiring the expertise of Search and Rescue trained horse riders for searches and rescues in terrain which is not accessible by motor vehicles or helicopters.
La County Sheriff Reserve are utilized to supplement the LASD Sheriff Department‘s law enforcement manpower. Like the Full-time Deputies, Reserve Deputies are professionally trained and duly sworn law enforcement personnel. Since LASD Reserve Forces Bureau have the same powers of arrest as Full-time Deputies they are required by law to meet the same hiring, background, medical and psychological standards as Full-time Deputies.
Robert V. Guilbault
Reserve Forces Bureau is the administrative headquarters for the Department’s Reserve Program, Explorer Program, Mounted Programs, and Sheriff’s Advisory Councils. With over 800 La County Sheriff Reserve and 600 Explorers, the Sheriff’s Department has a wealth of resources that augment the various units on a daily basis.