“Today is a difficult day as we say goodbye to our Mounted Patrol.
“The Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol debuted in the 4th of July parade in 1875, but it wasn'...t until 1891 that five horses for patrol were counted as part of the organization. The numbers varied in the decades to follow, eventually becoming the Police Mounted Reserves, then the Portland Police Posse. In the late 1970s, the Horse Patrol began again and grew into an active unit in the 1980s. In 2011, a new horse barn facility debuted. Over the years, they have been a critical component in our operations branch and a huge community engagement draw.
“Those who have served in the Mounted Patrol all share a unique place in the Bureau's history. I feel privileged to be a part of that group and will always remember my time there.
“I want to thank the current members of MPU who face a transition to a new chapter and the former members who contributed greatly over the years. I also want to recognize the Friends of MPU and thank everyone who has supported it over the years.”
Chief Mike Marshman
Murphy cleans house once again! Look at all that blue! Go Murphy!
Enjoy this update from his owners:
"Murphy has done it again. He impressed everyone in his new career just like he did in his former police career. His second Gypsy, Gypsy Drum, Gypsy Cross show since his retirement was last weekend in Red Bluff California. As you can see he won many ribbons and many new fans. Our 10 year friend, Maddie, dressed as a police officer rode Murphy and they won first place in the costume category. Thanks to Murphy's trainers, Darrin Manni and Tim Dees for his fine showing."
"As of today, all of the boys have found their new homes. I want to thank our awesome professional barn staff for their combined 45 years of service to the City of Portland and our wonderful horses. Please help us in wishing them the best as they move to next chapter in their lives. #mountedpatrolunit #horsecops #policehorse #endofanera #almostdone @themountedlife #nomoretroopdrills"
We wish all of you the best in your new journey and thank you so much for your dedicated service in the training and care of Portland's Mounted Patrol horses. We love you all!
We love you and will miss you, Monty! Thank you for your service.
We are happy to report that Murphy participated in his first show and he cleaned house! Way to go Murphy!
His original and now again current owners would like to share some words about Murphy and how he became a Mounted Patrol Horse.
“Murphy was born 3 weeks later than expected. We thought the foal would be very big as our Clydesdale had just had an 11 hand filly two weeks before her due date. We also expected the foal would have color. If we had a colt we wanted to nam...e him Murphy (an Irish name). So when Murphy was born with a normal size weight and a solid color we jokingly called him Murphy’s Law (that he was not as expected).
He was beautiful and loving. We never meant to imply that anything had gone wrong. After he joined the Patrol we felt Law was meant to be in his name. We appreciate all the articles on Murphy and all the fans that have followed his career but we do want to correct the impression that no one wanted him. He was the favorite of our horses by many family members and friends. He was in our pastures with all our horses; he just ate more than others. He was ridden although not as much as our registered horses (Clydesdale, Drum and Gypsy) that could be shown. We knew his personality would be valuable for a mounted patrol officer and appreciate all the training and love from the community he has received. It was not easy letting him leave us but we felt he would have an invaluable experience, and he has!”
Olin is already starting his new job at Forward Stride!
He is fundraising for the Round-Up Relay, a fun, family friendly 8k race open to all August 26th. Proceeds of the race will go toward construction of their new facility in West Beaverton.
This will serve as their permanent home for their herd of 35 horses....
Please consider donating to Team Olin today!
Link to Team Olin's Page:
**UPDATE** Olin will be arriving at 10:00am this morning.
Olin will arrive at his new home, Forward Stride today August 18th, time now set for a 10:00 am arrival. Make sure to "Like" their page and watch along as they broadcast his arrival. Congratulations, Olin and happy retirement!
We are excited to announce Olin, a retired Portland Mounted Patrol Unit horse, will be joining the Forward Stride herd!
Olin is 15.3 hands and 1/4 Quarter Horse..., 1/4 Percheron, and 1/2 Fjord. After faithfully serving to protect our community, Olin will now serve as a therapy horse at Forward Stride and will continue to help others.
Olin will arrive at Forward Stride this Friday. During his arrival we will be broadcasting a Facebook live video to share this special moment.
Special thanks to the Portland Mounted Patrol Unit Police Officers and Trainers for your years of service and for taking care of this amazing horse! He will be a great fit to the Forward Stride herd and help many more individuals in the years to come.
Murphy is settled in his new home after returning to his original owners. Murphy's partner, Officer Wells and stable attendant Roxy made sure he received lots of love before leaving. Murphy served with the MPU from 2012-2017. Thank you for your service Murphy! We love you and will miss you!
Portland's Mounted Patrol is having their public Decommissioning Ceremony this Wed. 8/16 at 12:00pm at the Police Memorial in Tom McColl Waterfront Park, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge. Please join us to show your continued support as we say farewell.
"All eight horses will be well taken care of."