Responsibilities & Services
The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Volunteer Mounted Patrol is comprised of approximately 20 active riding members and up to 8 auxiliary members. The Mounted Patrol is an integral part of the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team and also has the additional duties of crowd control, security, and public relations. Members participate in public service activities such as REA Days at Crow Wing Power, parades throughout Aitkin and Crow Wing Counties, and Aitkin and Crow Wing County Fairs.
Riding members provide (at their own expense) their horse, trailer and tow vehicle. Each rider and horse must be tested annually on their horsemanship skills and their ability to meet the required standards. Once the initial training and testing are completed, the riders are sworn in as Crow Wing County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol Deputies.
Training is an on going process throughout the year including attendance by some members at statewide clinics. Wadena County hosts 1 of the largest each year and offers classes in areas of search and rescue, formation riding, first aid, communications, and scent tracking. Many of our riders have placed in the competitions that are held at the conclusion of the Wadena Clinic.
Auxiliary members (non-riding, you don't need a horse to be an auxiliary member) provide support and assistance to the Mounted Patrol in accomplishing our mission.
The Sheriff's Mounted Patrol is funded by tax-deductible donations and fundraising events put on by our members. The donations provide the funds for equipment, tack, and training expenses. Our largest event is a Fun Show held in August, which is open to the public. Riders from ages 5 and older compete to win ribbons with a prize given to the overall winner in each age bracket. Tax-deductible donations are always welcome.