The Cleveland Police Mounted Unit

Mounted Police

friends of the mounted policeThe Cleveland Police Mounted Unit is one of the oldest in the country, over 100 years old. Seven horses and rider comprise the unit today. Though helping to deter crime is the unit’s main function, its role in community relations cannot be underestimated. Sergeant Mark Medwid states, “Wherever the police come out on the horses, the public comes out to talk to them.”

Mounted Police - Tony the Horse - 1969 photoBut hazards in the streets cannot be avoided. Shown here is “Tony” who fell through a grate covering a window well on Euclid Avenue in 1969 (photo from Cleveland Police Museum archives).

Financial support of the Mounted Unit is not directly from the City of Cleveland. The city pays for the barn and the salaries of the officers, but not for the horses! All horse-related funding is raised by the Friends of the Cleveland Mounted Police and the Cleveland Mounted Police Charitable Trust. This includes veterinary care, food, training, saddles, blankets, and the like.

If you’d like to help the upkeep of the horses, please send donations to the Friends of the Cleveland Mounted Police, 1109 Carnegie Ave, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, OH, 44115.


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The Cleveland Police Foundation is the official charity for the Cleveland Division of Police and the only organization authorized to solicit charitable contributions on its behalf.

In addition to providing funding for youth and community outreach programs, community policing and engagement initiatives, safety & crime prevention programs, and supporting the members of the Cleveland Division of Police to help them better perform their duties, the CPF proudly supports the following charities in accomplishing their mission.

Contributions to the CPF are tax deductible under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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