MN Horse Expo Speakers/Demos
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St. Paul Police Mounted Unit Demonstration
Friday Coliseum 9:45am to 10:15am
Friday AgStar Arena 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Saturday Coliseum 8:45am to 9:15am
Saturday AgStar Arena 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Sunday Ag Star Arena 10:30am to 11:00am
The St. Paul Mounted Police Unit was established in July
1995. It consists of 6 full time
officers operating city wide. All St. Paul patrol horses
are geldings standing a minimum of 16 hands tall which allows our officers to
see over vehicles and crowds. The St. Paul Mounted Patrol duties
range from crowd control to traffic enforcement. Each rider must complete an 8 week course in
which they learn basic equitation followed by officer safety techniques,
defensive tactics and hand gun use.
In the Coliseum demonstrations, learn how the members of the
Mounted Unit are trained and watch as they demonstrate defensive tactics from
horseback including upper and lower body attach, pinning a suspect against a
wall and pushing an unruly suspect.
In the AgStar demonstrations, see a suspect apprehension and
handcuffing, a traffic stop, a variety of emergency dismounts, donning of riot
gear and gas mask, and finally formation riding and crowd control.
photo credit John Entenmann
St. Paul Police Mounted Unit officers Alta Schaeffer on Chase and Andy Lewis on Javier
Jason Giampolo with Jett & Andy Lewis with Javier
Officer Hank Price has been with St Paul Police Department since 1999.He has just completed the Mounted Patrol Academy and is one of the newest members of the unit. Officer Price has been a Field Training Officer since 2008 and is a member of the St Paul Police Historical Society.
Officer Thomas Handwerk has been a police officer for nine years, thel ast 4 with the St Paul Police Department. Officer Handwerk joined the mounted patrol because it has a prestigious past and provides an representative of the department
that the public is comfortable approaching. The Mounted Patrol also provides a monumental role in crowd control and assisting fellow officers in the patrol division.
Luis Diaz-Calle with Black Jack (BJ)
Gerry Johnson with Chase
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