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Mounted Posse

Four separate mounted posses and a mounted search and rescue team made up of over 200 volunteer members support the Sheriffs search and rescue missions. Some mounted units with special training may also participate in mounted crowd control. These dedicated volunteers respond in all type of weather and terrain to assist the Sheriff's Department.

Apple Valley Sheriff's Mounted Posse Victor Valley Sheriff's Station
Bear Valley Sheriff's Mounted Posse Big Bear Sheriff's Station
East Valley Sheriff's Mounted Posse Yucaipa Sheriff's Station
Morongo Basin Mounted SAR Team Morongo Basin Sheriff's Station
West Valley Sheriff's Mounted Posse Fontana Sheriff's Station

Qualifications :

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, or 21 for appointment as a reserve deputy
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D.
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • Pass an oral interview
  • Pass a physical agility test for appointment as a reserve deputy
  • Pass a medical examintation
  • Pass a treadmill test
  • Pass a background investigation (more intensive for appointment as a reserve deputy)
  • Pass a polygraph examination for appointment as a reserve deputy
  • Pass a Psychological examination for appointment as a reserve deputy
  • Must possess a Level II P.O.S.T. academy certificate for appointment as a reserve deputy
  • Must pass the Sheriff's Basic Search and Rescue Course (48 hours on two weekends)
  • Must pass the Sheriff's Horse and Rider Minimum Standards test


Training duties and requirements:

  • Monthly business meeting
  • Minimum one monthly training session (mandatory attendance at training)
  • 24-hour call-out status
  • Maintain current First Aid and CPR certification
  • Searches by foot, vehicle or aircraft for lost/missing persons, children, criminal evidence, etc.
  • Over the side recoveries, rappeling and technical climbing on certified teams
  • Evacuations
  • Public presentations


Some teams may have additional training requirements.

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