Citizens Mounted Unit to ride again

(Jackson, Wyo.) - In the Old West, when the sheriff didn't have enough help to handle a job, he'd call for a posse of local citizens. Today's Jackson Police Department does much the same thing -- called the Citizens' Mounted Unit. Instead of tracking down cattle rustlers and horse thieves, the Citizens Mounted Unit helps the police with crowd and traffic control at events such as the Fourth of July festivities, the Teton County Fair, Old Bill's Fun Run, as well as regular downtown patrol during the busy summer months. For 20 years, the Citizen's Mounted Unit has helped forge a working partnership between the community and the police. The volunteer group of men and women comes from diverse backgrounds and interests. In the past, there have been as many as 30 participants. The program has been a successful in many ways. Police Chief Todd Smith is pleased that the citizens have not only taken an interest in policing their community and helping its visitors, but they have also gained understanding of the challenges faced by officers every day. Additionally, the CMU has saved the town and county many hours of overtime compensation. Every spring, the riders and their horses undergo an intensive training course. The course is designed and taught by Sergeant Russ Ruschill. Sgt. Ruschill is a 13-year veteran of the Jackson Police Department. The first meeting of the CMU will be Thursday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at Town Hall at 150 E. Pearl. The CMU is looking for a few more riders. If you're interested in this unique experience, and want to improve your horsemanship in the process please call Sgt. Ruschill at 733- 1430 for more information or email him at Feature Photo: h/t Town of Jackson / Pitchengine Communities #buckrail #news