Skip to main content

Police Blotter

MPD's Mounted Patrol Update and a Note of Thanks

September 16, 2014 2:50 PM

A note of thanks,

The 2014 riding season has been filled with some amazing moments thanks to our riders and their mounts but has also seen some unprecedented challenges.  I would like to share with everyone some of these experiences while extending my sincere appreciation for all those that continue to support us.

While most visible at numerous appearances and demonstrations, the unit has also put in some serious police work.  In July, a two day search for a missing Alzheimer's patient resulted in his safe return home after a Mounted Patrol unit located him in an area of dense vegetation visible only from horseback.   A few weeks later, while patrolling the Central Entertainment District during the late night hours, a rider was flagged down by a woman who was threatened by another with a handgun.  Our Mounted Units were the first to respond and locate the suspect.  They not only prevented her escape but also held back a large hostile crowd while officer's fought to take the subject into custody.  While the unit is most recognized for the public relations role they play for the organization it is also important to understand the role they play in more traditional police work as well.

Sadly we have also had to face two significant medical events with two of our horses.  In March, Police Horse Jack lost his battle after a brief illness despite the best efforts of all involved.  Just within the past week our newest horse, Torres required emergency surgery and will need the rest of the riding season to recover.  Fortunately his prognosis for a full recovery is good and we are optimistic for his return. 

These challenges highlight the importance of those that donate their time, money and energy to support our unit and mission.  Our Department budget provides for the boarding, feeding and basic care of the horses.  Emergency medical costs, equipment needs and even the trading cards that the riders hand out require a different funding source.  Without our nonprofit we would not have been able to provide the medical care necessary to keep our unit healthy and strong.

These recent challenges have given me this opportunity to publicly thank all those that have supported our unit.  I would like to specifically thank Dr Howard Ketover and his staff at Irongate Equine clinic as well as the staff at the UW Veterinary Hospital for all they have done for our horses.  The women and men that comprise our nonprofit "Friends of Madison Mounted Horse Patrol" also deserve special thanks for their efforts to raise money to keep our unit operational and cover these emergency costs. 

As the Supervisor of the Mounted Patrol Unit I want to publicly thank all of you who make it possible to continue to put such and outstanding Mounted Patrol Unit out on the streets of Madison.


Thank You!
Erik Fuhremann
Sergeant of Police
Madison Mounted Patrol Unit Supervisor

 Email to a friend

Subscribe to Email List

Subscribe to the Police Blotter email list:

By participating on this list the Wisconsin Public Records Laws may subject your email address to disclosure to third parties. By selecting "Yes" you are requesting that we treat your email address that you have provided to this list as confidential and you are also stating that you would not participate in this service if the City is obligated to release your email address to such third party requesters.

Posts By Month

Posts By Category


#Back2SchoolSAFETYTIPS  #BattleOfTheBadges  #beneighborly  #Captain Brian Austin  #ClickItOrTicket  #CoffeeWithACop  #CommunitySurvey  #ConeWithACop  #DriveSoberOrGetPulledOver  #DrugTakeBack  #FindYOURBlueCalling  #GoodNeighborProject  #HelicopterParent  #lovemadison  #MPDMotorUnit  #NightlyLockup  #PrideMonth  #SafetyTips  #ScamAlert  #seesomethingsaysomething  #SouthSideSoccerSeries  #VisionZeroMadison  #WeAreThe28  #westdistrictstrategicplan  #YouCanBeYOU  Amigos en Azul  Bigs In Blue  Bike Rides  Black Youth Academy  Budget Process  Capt. Cory Nelson  Captain Ackeret  Captain Beckett  Captain Freedman  Captain Patton  Central District  Ceremonies  Chief Barnes  Citizen Recognition  Coffee with a Cop  Community Academy  Community Awards  Community Events  Community Forums  Community Gang Outreach  Community Outreach  Community Partnership  Community Policing  Community Survey  CORE  CRASE  Crime Prevention  Crime Stoppers  Crossing Guards  Cyber Detective Camp  Cyber Safety  Damaged Property  Downtown Safety  Driving Safely  East District  East High School  Edgewood College  Education Resource Officer  Emily Samson  Events  Explorers Post  Facebook  Fireside Five-Oh  Fireside Five-Oh  Good Neighbor Project  Guerrilla Grillers  Guerrilla Grillers  homeless  Investigations  Join the Team  K9  LaFollette High School  LeadsOnline  Lieutenant Lori Beth Chalecki  Lieutenant Patterson  Madison Area Addiction Recovery Initiative (MAARI)  Madison Area Recovery Initiative (MARI)  Madison Community Policing Foundation  Madison Parks  Madison Schools  MedDrop Box  Midtown District  Midtown Strategic Plan  MMSD  Mobile Device Safety  Mounted Patrol  MPD Awards Ceremony  National Night Out  Neighborhood Police Officers  Neighborhood Watch  New Recruits  North District  North District  Pawn Shops  Pedestrian Safety  Personal Safety  Phishing Scams  Police Biking  Property Crimes  Red Cross Blood Drive  Registered Sex Offender  Residential Burglaries  Road Home  Road Home  Robberies  Safe Communities  Safety in the Home  Safety Saturday  Secondhand Business  Self Report Unit  Sex Offender Information Bulletin  Shooting  Shout Out  Social Media  Solicitor Permits  South District  Southwest Safety Initiative  Spanish  Special Olympics  State St  Straubel  Straubel  SWAT  Torch Run  Traffic Concerns  Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (TEST)  Twitter  UW-Madison  Weapons Offenses  West Community Academy  West District  Youth Programs  Zero in Wisconsin