The Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse was established in the 1950s as a nonprofit service organization under the supervision of the Erie County Sheriff. Its volunteer members are all sworn Special Deputy Sheriffs.
Riders and their horses have participated in special training for mounted police units. Members maintain their own horse and equipment and provide their own transportation to wherever they are needed within the county.
The Mounted Posse is available to provide emergency security, participate in secured searches and perform other special duties assigned by the sheriff. Members are also available for mounted and foot duty.
The use of horses has several advantages: They provide a higher vantage point than a person on the ground, allow for faster access to remote areas, and give the mounted unit the ability to search large areas faster than a person on foot.
The Mounted Posse sponsors a trail ride as a community service. Members also participate in drills with volunteer fire departments, as well as ride in local parades.
For more information about the posse or information on how to obtain an application, email the Mounted Posse.