The SFPD Mounted Patrol Unit
Our officers on horseback – and their steeds – are some of our department’s best ambassadors. They supplement patrols all over the city and can be seen patrolling areas such as The Embarcadero, Marina Green, The Palace of Fine Arts, China Basin, McLaren Park, Golden Gate Park, Castro Street, Union Square, Japantown, Pier 39 and more. Their height offers officers a clear view of crowds and their conspicuous presence is a major crime deterrent. But they also visit schools and show up for every big parade. You can see them at the St. Patrick’s pageant, on Columbus Day and Veteran’s Day and at the Cherry Blossom festival.
The SFPD has had its Mounted Patrol Unit continuously since 1864 – the second-longest stint in America after New York City. The horses are housed at the Fred C. Egan Police Stables in Golden Gate Park.