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 truly 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, or 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.
In an effort to provide the community of Parker 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 to assist 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 culture of the department allowing officers to utilize horses as yet another means to connect with the public in a positive manner.
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.
Furthermore, 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 greatly benefit the Parker Police Department. Police horses are highly sought after for community events, youth activities and for 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 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 currently competes in classical dressage, has 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.
Zuni is the newest member of the Mounted Patrol, completing his Basic Mounted Training Academy in May of 2019 at Douglas County along with horses from the Douglas, Arapahoe, El Paso, and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Departments and the Denver Police. He replaced Tug who was retired due to medical reasons. Zuni is a black bay Azteca Horse born in 2013.
Officer Gordon and Bobby Sue
Officer Troy Gordon has been in Law Enforcement since 2003 and joined the Parker Police Department in 2011 and currently works on patrol. Officer Gordon has been riding horses since he was 8 years old. His background is in the rodeo arena where he roped and was a bronc rider in his younger days. He has enjoyed several horse related activities including team penning and sorting.
Bobby Sue is a registered American Quarter Horse mare who was born in Wyoming on April 14, 2000. Paddys Sago Lena is her registered name and she is the daughter of a Champion Reining horse, Paddys Irish Whiskey. Before Bobby Sue was certified in June 2015 with her rider, Officer Troy Gordon, she was a family horse used for ranch sorting. In November 2016, Bobby Sue became the first Parker Police Mounted Patrol horse.