Rogers Co Sheriff launches mounted horse patrol

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 9/18/2013 12:01 am Published: 9/17/2013 11:33 pm

We hear about law enforcement using new technology to fight crime, but the Roger's County Sheriff's Office is going old school, launching a volunteer mounted patrol.

It’s all about partnership, getting the community involved, and of course keeping Rogers County safer.

Tuesday evening more than 30 people filled the Claremore Expo Outdoor Arena to find out how they could be a part of an old tradition some say is going to catch like wildfire.

Meet “Tee." She is investigator Coy Jenkins's 20-year-old registered quarter horse, and in just over a month, she'll be one of the shining stars of Rogers County's newest patrol team.

“She'll be at the front of the pack,” Jenkins told FOX23.

He and the rest of the Roger's County Sheriff's Office want to bring the community together, and they say horses have a way of doing just that.

“Everybody out here has a horse in Rogers County,” he said.

They want to be progressive and a presence all over the county, but that will take the help of volunteers, about 25 of them.

People like Janel Brookshire, who know how and love to ride, and who have an interest in helping others.

“I get to be around people, help people, and work with horses. Everything I love all wrapped up in one."

Brookshire was one of the people who showed up at the Roger's County Expo outdoor arena to learn more about what the job will entail.

Jenkins says the volunteers the department chooses will be an important part of the team.

"I'm ready to help search for that child, or if there's a problem with burglary, I'm going to be out on my horse with you and we are going to be writing down tags,” he said.

It's all part of using a small-town touch in an effort to solve problems in a growing community.

Some people are worried about the volunteer’s safety, but Jenkins assures me that’s not the case.

An armed officer will be with them at all times.

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Unwashed Mass - 9/18/2013 12:08 PM
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