The Downtown area is patrolled in a collaborative effort between the Wilmington Police Department and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The Downtown Task Force was created in 2011 between these two agencies in order to practice zero tolerance for offenses, proactive policing to address issues, and to create a safer environment for the public by reducing crime.
The Downtown Task Force utilizes Mounted Patrol, foot patrols, bike patrols, Segway patrols, as well as vehicle patrols to accomplish these goals and build working relationships with residents in the community, business owners and their employees, and regular patrons to the area.
The Mounted Patrol Unit responds to calls for service just as patrol units do, but with an emphasis on crowd control in the downtown area. The Mounted Unit also participates in ceremonial functions such as parades and funerals as well as providing a public relations liaison to the community. Demonstrations at schools, churches, and special events can be scheduled as necessary. The Wilmington Mounted Patrol Unit is a member of the Carolinas Mounted Patrol Association, an association comprised of Mounted Patrol Units in North and South Carolina. The Mounted Patrol Unit attends yearly training and certification through this organization. The Mounted Unit was created in 1989 with one horse and rider and has grown to a four-man mount unit. The Police Mounts are stabled in a police facility outside the city limits.
Crescent: 13 yr old Bay gelding, Percheron/ Paint cross
Comet: 13 yr old Dapple grey gelding, Percheron/ Thoroughbred cross
Elton: 11 yr old Bay gelding, Percheron/ Paint cross