Douglas County’s first Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was originally structured as part of the overall search and rescue during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Initially, the organization focused more on foot and vehicle search and rescue. The Mounted Posse eventually disbanded.
In March 1998 officers of the Sheriff’s Department reestablished the Mounted Posse. Approximately 50 people attended the first meeting, and many of those are still very active members in the Posse today. The reorganized Posse’s initial charter was to assist the Sheriff’s Department in crowd control, animal evacuation, and search and rescue. To that end, the Posse conducted numerous desensitizing training sessions for their horses. The ultimate goal was to acclimate their horses to loud noise, lights, and unfamiliar obstacles.
The Posse has evolved over the years. Today, the all-volunteer Mounted Posse continues under the direction of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The mission of the Posse is still to provide mounted and ground-support to the Sheriff as needed. It has expanded its scope to promote charitable and public service activities within the community and to promote health and safety among equine enthusiasts – riding and non-riding.
When the Posse Meets
The Posse meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Law Enforcement Judicial Building in Minden, Nevada. The meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. Please contact the members listed below if would like additional information about the Posse. You can view our ByLaws and Manual and download an application here.
Joining the Douglas County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse is an excellent way to serve your community, improve your horsemanship skills and share experiences with people who have the same interest in horses. Being a Posse member a rewarding and fun filled experience. Thank you for your interest.