Sheriff’s Reserve Mounted Unit Seeking New Members

Modified: October 31, 2018 1:41pm

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Buffalo, NY – Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces the Erie County Mounted Reserve Unit is seeking new members for this distinguished unit.  

The Sheriff’s Mounted Unit was established in the 1940’s and serves as the ambassadors for the Sheriff’s Office to the community as well as serving the public as Reserve Deputies.  Mounted Reserve Deputies interact with the public at community events, work details at the convention center and Buffalo Bills’ games.  Unit members also organize food drives to aid local food banks and charitable organizations that assist our neighbors.  

Interested applicants must:

  • Have a valid NYS pistol permit

  • Be at least 21-years-old

  • Own a healthy horse, at least 15.2 hands, with a temperament/disposition suitable to mounted law enforcement work as well as friendly to the public.  The horse must be adaptable to the various stimuli encountered working in a variety of locations and situations - no kickers

  • Have a minimum of 5-years of equestrian (rider) experience

  • Have a horse trailer and tow vehicle

  • Be available at least two days or evenings per week and work year-round in all weather conditions

  • Be willing to purchase uniforms, law enforcement equipment, and necessary equipment for the horse

  • Successfully complete a New York State Peace Officers academy and initial 51-Hour Firearms course and qualification

  • Be of strong moral character and pass an intensive and comprehensive law enforcement background investigation 

Interested applicants can contact Joseph Savarese, Chief of Community Services, with their resume and letter of interest to include applicant’s riding experience, at or mail the required documents to Erie County Sheriff’s Office, ATTN: Chief Savarese, 10 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14201 – phone call not accepted. Compensation for this position will be discussed upon request for an application.