The Mounted Section is part of the Counter Terrorism and Emergency Response Command Portfolio of the Western Australia Police.
With a current authorised strength of 21 officers, four support staff and 28 experienced patrol mounts and a number of young horses in training, today's Mounted Section offers a different style of policing to when it first began here in Perth, in 1834. Our staff are drawn from serving WA Police and particular emphasis is placed on recruiting officers with frontline operational experience. Horse riding/handling skills are not essential.
The roles of our Mounted Police
Mounted policing has re-emerged as an extremely relevant way of policing in the 21st century. The WA Police Mounted Section offers unique hi-priority frontline policing services throughout the State of Western Australia. Our Mounted Section covers the largest policing jurisdiction in the world. In Regional WA the section deploys as far as Broome in the Kimberleys, east to the Kalgoorlie Goldfields and south to Albany.
The Police horse is unique in that it provides an officer with an excellent 360 degree view of his surroundings from a greater height than a foot officer with the added advantage of being able to manoeuvre the highly trained horse in confined areas, in crowds and able to cover ground quickly. This provides the officer with a highly effective way of policing in sometimes a volatile and dangerous environment.
Generally our roles can be summarised as:
- Responding to anti-social behaviour issues in Perth’s nightspots
- High visibility and targeted patrols throughout WA
- Searches for missing persons
- Rural crime scene searches
- Beach patrols at known trouble spots
- Highly mobile responses to out of control gatherings
- School Leavers' events
- Limited ceremonial duties such as the Anzac Day Parade and VIP escorts (now account for less than 0.5% of our time)