Victoria Police Mounted Branch
The Mounted Branch provides a state-wide resource in support of operational police at incidents of public order management, planned and targeted patrols, land searches, ceremonial duties at events such as funerals, Police Remembrance Day and community engagement events across Victorian communities.
The role and responsibilities of the Mounted Branch include:
- deploying defensive tactics, vehicle intercepts, night time patrolling and assisting police on foot patrol where required
- public order management, including working around flares and fireworks
- cleaning out stables, feeding and grooming horses, cleaning and maintaining equipment
- ensuring the horses are appropriately worked and ready for deployment
The Mounted Branch places a heavy emphasis on the basics and fundamentals of horsemanship and riding. Once officers are highly proficient in these areas further training is provided in policing on horseback.