For Immediate Release
PR #:2000051
Date Issued:May 09, 2020 - 7:19pm

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Mounted Horse Unit patrols first shift of the year at area trailheads

CONTACT:Sarah Johns
911 Parr Blvd
Reno, NV. 89512
Office: 775-785-6235
Cell: 775-391-0407

In anticipation of a large number of people wanting to get outdoors for Mother’s Day weekend, deputies from the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Horse Unit (MHU) patrolled area trailheads and open space on Saturday, May 9, 2020.

The MHU’s primary focus was to provide added safety and security for area trailhead parking lots. The Sheriff’s Office reported a significant increase in the weekly average of vehicle burglaries during the COVID-19 stay at home weeks as compared to the weeks preceding the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The weekly average of car burglaries in the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office service area during COVID-19 response (defined as weeks 12-17) were 100% greater than the average number of car burglaries pre-COVID (defined as weeks 2-11).

MHU deputies also patrolled for recreational shooting on land considered in a congested area as well as illegal dumping.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Horse Unit was revived in 2016 and is able to deploy six mounted deputies into service as needed. Deputies provide their own horse and mounted unit functions are in addition to the deputy’s normal duty assignment. Horse and rider teams must also complete required Nevada Peace Officer Standards and Training courses before they are able to be utilized.

Pictured: Deputy Monica Jaquez with Dallas and Deputy Craig Turner with Olaf of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office Mounted Horse Unit patrolling near the Thomas Creek Trailhead


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.

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