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Friends of Portland’s Mounted Patrol

Friends of Portland's Mounted Patrol is a non-profit organization that supports Portland’s mounted police. The Friends recently gave $100,000 to the City of Portland so the venerable Portland crime fighters and ambassadors wouldn’t be cut from the City’s budget. The Friends give money yearly to support the horses by purchasing equipment and even saving a horse by providing the funds for a life saving surgery. The Friends have committed to raising additional funds to keep the mounted patrol and replenish the foundation.


  • Deterrent to Crime – The MPU serves as an effective deterrent to crime due to the high visibility of its mounted officers and their ability to quickly respond to problems in congested areas.

  • Enhances Neighborhood Safety and Livability – The MPU’s high visibility, uniformed police presence creates a sense of safety for visitors, workers, and residents alike. The officers and horses of the MPU contribute immeasurably to the overall livability and quality of life in the areas they work.

  • Policing of All Kinds – The MPU is used to enforce all manner of laws and ordinances from felony drug offenses and assaults to petty thefts and pedestrian violations. During the 1980s, when the MPU was at its peak staffing, they were able to make 30 % of all Misdemeanor arrests in Portland.

  • Carries its Share of Policing Workload - Currently, the MPU is responsible for approximately 100 citations and arrests each month.

  • Accessibility With Citizens - The MPU has repeatedly demonstrated the effectiveness of horses in creating a sense of accessibility between citizens and the mounted officers. They generate an opportunity for rapport between officers and citizens that is unique among policing strategies. As then-Mayor Vera Katz said in 2002, the MPU “puts a gentle face on this city.”

  • Popular With the Community – The MPU consistently demonstrates its popularity with the Portland community. 900 people joined the Facebook Group “Friends of Portland’s Mounted Patrol” during its first week! We now have over 2,000 members!

  • Effective at Preventing Crime – They are effective as horse at neighborhood problem solving and quality of life issues. The MPU officers’ high visibility, uniformed presence not only gives neighborhood residents and workers a sense of comfort and safety but it also gives potential wrong doers an opportunity to consider the advisability of committing crimes of opportunity. Further, the officers’ vantage point atop a horse provides them with the unique ability to spot problems from considerable distance away, a capability unmatched by officers on foot or bikes.

  • Effective Crowd Control Resource – The MPU has repeatedly shown their effectiveness in crowd control situations. Mounted officers have served as the front line defense for officers on foot and have been particularly useful in rescuing officers and citizens from threatening and potentially dangerous crowds.
  • Total Donations: $412

    Goal: $5,000

    $0 8% $5,000

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