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How Do I Become A Mounted Police Officer?

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Rebekah Coulson Profile
Rebekah Coulson answered
You become one through some good old fashioned perseverance and by excelling at your job. The first step is to become a policeman. Then, after at least two years of service, you can apply for a promotion to become a mounted police officer. Know that this position is highly sought after, and it can take years of solid service before you'll even be considered for your promotion.

Let's get back to the basics, though.

Find a force that includes a mounted branch and apply to serve as a standard police officer. You will be required to pass the Police Initial Recruitment Test (PIRT), complete a series of successful interviews, undergo more tests and examinations, pass physical, medical and mental fitness assessments, and provide a clean background check. After all these conditions have been met, you will begin training to become a police officer.

A minimum of two years of service is required before you can apply to join a specialist branch like the mounted forces. It's important for you to understand that mounted police officer positions do not open up all that frequently, and it's not uncommon for officers to wait upwards of five years for their promotion. This is because the mounted police force maintains a somewhat limited number of officers. As such, it is often the case that an individual must wait for a mounted police officer to retire or transfer before they'll be able to become one themselves. Thus, becoming a mounted police officer is often an exercise in both determination and patience.

When your promotion is accepted, you will have to undergo more training to prepare yourself for the position. Good health and strength are necessary for a mounted police officer, but you needn't be familiar with horses, or even know how to ride one, to join the mounted branch as riding lessons are an integral part in the aforementioned training.

Once you have completed this training, you will be officially promoted to the position of a mounted police officer.
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
All you would really have to do is contact the headquarters for them in your area, and ask them how to contact their recruiting offices.

They'll be able to tell you how, and possibly some of the general questions that you have about joining requirements.

How interesting that you want to help carry on a tradition such as this. (Or is it just that you want to ride the horse, ha ha, I'm just kidding.) Aside from the witticism, I think it's great that you want to be an officer. Good luck to you.

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