Lafayette Police Mounted Patrol


900 East University Avenue
Lafayette LA 70502

Contact: Public Information Officer
Phone: 337-291-8600

Mounted Patrol Unit

Since November of 2005, the Lafayette Mounted Police Unit has put to work a group of horses that deliver a combination of services that no officer alone can provide. Offering a presence equivalent to 20 officers on foot, each horse, along with his mounted officer, is extremely valuable to the Lafayette Police Department, especially in terms of crowd control. But just as quickly as these officers and their mounts turn crowd chaos into calmness, these horses can melt the hearts of the public with their gentle dispositions.

Community benefits of mounted police include:

  • Increased crowd control
  • Officer’s increased visibility of crowds from horseback
  • Goodwill relations between the public and the police officers
  • Search and rescue efforts
  • Crowd safety at parades and festivals
  • Educational programs at schools and community events

The Lafayette Mounted Police Unit currently houses six horses at LPD stables: one Clydesdale and five Thoroughbred/Percheron cross breeds. Percherons are a type of draft horse known for their large size, docile nature, intelligence and willingness to work.

The group of six horses, trained by the mounted unit are hard at work, putting in 40 hours of training per week in addition to 16-20 hours per week patrolling our city’s streets. The Mounted Police Unit’s patrols primarily the Downtown area during evening hours, but the horses also work events such as Mardi Gras festivities, festivals, parades and community education events..

Police officers interested in being a part of the Mounted Police Unit must complete a specialized equestrian training program in addition to their normal police training. After completing this training, officers volunteer to work extra police shifts just to get time “on the clock and in the saddle.”

All horses are purchased or donated to the Lafayette Mounted Police Unit. If you are interested in assisting the mounted unit by way of a monetary donation, please contact Sgt. Todd Green at (337) 291-5607 office, or email at You may also contact Sgt. Todd Green regarding inquiries about the “Friends of the Lafayette Mounted Police Unit.”



Lafayette Police Mounted Patrol

Mounted Patrol

Mounted Patrol