Since the beginning of formalized policing, Police Officers have patrolled their beats on horseback. Throughout our rich history, agencies of all sizes have and still maintain mounted units because of the many benefits they provide.
The Mounted Officer is genuinely one of law enforcement's most versatile resources. The horse is a magnet, drawing crowds everywhere they go. People love to meet and greet not only the horses but the officers that ride them. People are naturally drawn to the animals and love to strike up conversations with the officer.
Regardless of the activity, whether it is community policing, special events, park & open space/trail patrol, crowd control, search and rescue operations, mounted units are an integral part of today's law enforcement. Many urban municipalities and counties have reaped the rewards and benefits of maintaining a mounted patrol unit.
To provide Parker's community with continued outstanding police services, The Parker Police Department has created a Mounted Patrol Unit for parades, community policing events, crowd control, crime prevention, park/trail patrols and assisting with searches of lost persons.
The Town of Parker has always taken a proactive approach to community policing and building partnerships with its citizens. Furthermore, the addition of a Mounted Unit will continue to build on the department's culture, allowing officers to utilize horses as yet another means to connect with the public positively.
Mounted Units are once again becoming popular throughout the nation. These ten-foot officers can build a good reputation with the public, provide excellent customer service, and serve the citizens in ways others can't.
Mounted Units have become extremely popular in American communities of all sizes. "Everyone loves a horse" is a common phrase and the perfect example of how a Mounted Unit can significantly benefit the Parker Police Department. Police horses are highly sought after for community events, youth activities and senior citizen events. The ability to strengthen the outstanding partnership the Parker Police Department has with our community is priceless. Parker has always been horse country and it is part of our heritage.
Sergeant Cummings and Priscilla
Sergeant Joe Cummings has been in Law Enforcement for more than 30 years and joined the Parker Police Department full time in 1997. Sgt. Cummings is currently a patrol supervisor. He has been riding horses most of his adult life with a background in the armature show ring competing in reining, working cow horse, roping, gymkhanas, and western pleasure. Sgt. Cummings has competed in classical dressage, trained with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride and is a recognized Mounted Police Instructor. He is also part of the board of directors for the North American Mounted Commanders Association and Colorado Mounted Law Enforcement Association.
Priscilla is a grade buckskin mare originally from Texas, where she worked on a cattle ranch. She was formerly owned by Officer Troy Gordon, who retired from Law Enforcement in 2020. Officer Gordon was one of the founding members of the mounted patrol. Although he retired, he wanted Priscilla to continue to serve. Ofc. Cummings now owns Priscilla, and the two continue to serve Parker residents together.