The Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Reserve began in 1942. It now consists of part-time reserve deputies who, at any given time, are ready to patrol on horses -- county wide -- regardless of weather or time of day. They patrol at Ralph Wilson Stadium for home Bills games, and special events, at Convention Center events, and at many festivals, including Allentown Arts Festival. Patrol horses belong to the deputy. Each member of the Mounted Unit assumes all related expenses. It can cost $30,000 to $40,000 just to get started with a horse, a truck, a trailer, and a stable. Mounted deputies earn about $19.00 per hour and are excellent at fostering good public relations. They provide tactical advantages as well because when they are on their horse they have an elevated platform from which they can observe. These deputies are classified as peace officers and have the power to make arrests. They are equipped with handguns, batons and other equipment. There are a total of seven Reserve Deputies in the Erie County Sheriff’s Mounted Division. The Mounted Unit raises money for their own equipment (like saddles) by their own corporation. Twice a year, the Erie County Sheriff's Mounted Unit raises money for the Food Bank of WNY. Any groceries or monetary funds collected go to the Food Bank for distribution during the holidays. The deputies created the event and, as volunteers, work every aspect of the "Mounted for Meals" event.