Thank you for your interest in the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit and the efforts of the Motor City Horse Force to support this popular unit and valuable team of officers and horses.
Our Mounted Unit was established in 1978 under the command of Warren Evans as a lieutenant in the Sheriff’s Office. For over 30 years, the mounted patrol has been an important part of the Sheriff’s Office and the local community, providing a strong law enforcement presence and a friendly face for Michigan’s second largest police agency.
Our officers and their horses are familiar sites at local parades, other local community events and to families who frequent our county’s gem, Hines Park. These specially trained horses and their officers also are utilized for crowd control at major events, such as the MLB All Star Game, Super Bowl XL, World Series, International Auto Show and the International Freedom Festival Fireworks. Mounted patrols also can be invaluable during search and rescue operations in deeply wooded areas where officers on foot or in patrol cars cannot reach.
Currently, Wayne County’s is one of only two remaining full-time police mounted patrol in the State of Michigan, so it is imperative for it to have a reliable source of funding that is not solely dependent upon the county’s highly competitive budget process. With the generous help of the Restore the Horse Foundation, we have established the perfect mechanism to guarantee the ongoing success of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit.