CLAREMORE, Okla. - A newly-established mounted patrol unit is coming to Rogers County.
The Rogers County Sheriff's Office says this is the first time ever the county will have uniformed horsemen.
Dozens of horses and their riders went through a series of tests for evaluation at the Claremore Expo Center Sunday.
Deputies are looking to see if the horsemen and the animals can perform well under pressure and in hard situations.
The Sheriff's Office says the new mounted patrol unit is an effort to reduce crime in places where police cars and bicycles can't go.
The focus on the new unit is to place them in rural areas and to help the deputies put more boots on the ground.
"We realize situations where we are not able to take a patrol car," Rogers County Sheriff's deputy Coy Jenkins said. "We can't walk in a timely manner. We're not able to get our bike patrol unit in some of theses areas, but we can always take a horse and the horse is going to move real quick and respond."
The rider selected will be considered special deputies. They will not be able to make arrests or carry weapons, but will perform under the duties of the Rogers County Sheriff's Office.
The Sheriff's Office says it hopes to have 30 officers in the new unit.
Deputies will hold another tryout for the new mounted patrol unit Sunday, Oct 20. Deputies say you do not have to be a resident in the county to be a part of the new unit.
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