Mounted Patrol: The Officers
Sergeant Shawn Engel
I began my career with the Madison Police Department in 1995. As a Sergeant, I have been a part of many specialized teams to include: the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, Special Events Team (SET), the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Team, the South District Community Policing Team (SCPT) and, most recently, the Mounted Patrol Team. The Mounted Patrol Team holds special meaning to me as the riders and horses have unique skill sets unlike any other. In addition to being great ambassadors for MPD, the team excels in crowd management, search and rescue operations and special events. The Mounted Patrol Team fulfills its mission with the active support of the Friends of Madison Mounted, Irongate Equine Clinic, and several horse sponsors.
Officer Sarah Mulry
I have been with the Madison Police Department since 2001. I owned a horse as a teenager and also worked as a trail guide at various stables in Northern Wisconsin. The best part of our job is the type of interaction we have with the public. Police work often has many negative aspects to it...when you are on the horse, it breaks down the natural barrier that being in a squad car has. People flock to us to say 'hello' and in turn, have a positive interaction with the police.
Officer Ken Mulry
I have been a patrol officer with MPD since 1997 and have been involved with horses since 1983 when I acquired 2 young appaloosas. In 2003 I began a second career as a natural hoof care practitioner. I am excited to be a member of the unit that gives me the opportunity to further my horsemanship while serving the citizens of Madison.
Officer Casey Wahl
I've been an officer with the Madison Police Dept. since 2001. I've been a horse lover and rider since childhood. I was lucky enough to have a horse and take riding lessons for several years as a child which would turn out to be great preparation for joining up with the Mounted Patrol Unit. In 2007, I attended a certification training and after that first week, I knew this was the job for me! I've found that doing police work on horseback can be challenging at times, but the rewards are many! One of the best things about my job is getting to meet and chat with the public at demonstrations and the many events around the city. What other partner only wants an apple for a good days work!
Officer Matt Kenny
I have been with the City of Madison Police Department since 2002. Prior to that I served in the US Coast Guard for nine years. I have worked in the East District Community Policing Team, the Special Events Team, and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team. I have loved animals since I was a kid and I am enjoying the challenge of training and partnering with a police horse.
Officer Molly Thomson
I have been an officer with the Madison Police Department since 2005. In addition to patrol services, I've worked as a member of a Community Policing Team and as a grenadier on the Special Events Team. I enjoy participating in community events and other opportunities to engage with the community, especially while on bicycle. I am excited to be working as a member of the Mounted Patrol Unit and the challenges and rewards working with a horse bring.
Officer Wade Gummin
I began my career in law enforcement with the Honolulu Police Department in 1991. I first became interested in animals and their behavior while growing up on my family farm in northern Wisconsin. In 2004, I joined the Madison Police Department. I became interested in Mounted Patrol when I crossed trained with them while working my personal tracking / cadaver dog with Canine Search Solutions. The benefits the horses provided during search and rescue were intriguing. Realizing they are also amazing ambassadors for the Department, and their community policing efforts, solidified my desire to become a member of the Mounted Patrol.