about the posse
Who we are
The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Posse is made up of up to 24 reserve officers and 1 full-time police officer. Each officer must supply their own horse, tack, boarding, feed, truck and trailer. Each member must complete the mounted law enforcement course sponsored by the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
The Sheriff's Posse is activated by special order to support the activities of other Sheriff department units, city police departments and the University of Notre Dame police department during community events, athletic events and police operations to provide crowd control and patrol. They also provide search and rescue operations covering large geographical areas.
Each year, the Sheriff's Posse honors numerous requests from the community to represent the Police Department during special activities to build a partnership between the police and the community.
what we do
The Advantages of Mounted Patrol
Effective police presenceThe unique and highly visible method of police patrol always receives wide and positive public attention and support. It has proven to be an effective form of police presence.
Perfect crowd controlThe horse is the perfect crowd control tool because it provides the officer with the ability to move into, through and around a crowd in a safe manner for both the officer and the public. The officer riding high on horseback is able to see and be seen, thereby acting as a crime deterrent.