Sheriff’s Posse Rides Again
The sun was cresting over the Santa Clarita Valley on Saturday morning as 45 riders began to cinch their horses and mount up at the equestrian center on the grounds adjacent to the Pitchess Detention Center. . .
Members of the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse gathered early for a semiannual three-hour trail ride in Castaic.
“The Posse has become a highly professional, skilled and trained unit that performs both law enforcement and public service,” said Jerry Quinn, chief of the posse.
Quinn has been with the posse for 29 years.
In 1852, the Los Angeles Rangers were organized while the sheriff’s department began in 1850. The Rangers were a posse, taking their orders through their leader, who was a sheriff’s captain. The Rangers combined both Mexican and American influences, mounted and uniformed sheriff’s deputies.
By 1933, The Silver Mounted Posse was formed, marking the beginning of the sheriff’s reserves.
The sheriff’s posse helps the department with activities. Those involved with the posse are made up of three different groups: reserve deputies fully trained, regular sheriff’s deputies and equestrian volunteers. The sheriff’s posse meets twice a year, fall and spring, to formally ride.
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