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Local law enforcement trains for mounted duty

Posted: Friday, Aug 15th, 2008

Deputy Mike Mote role plays a search and arrest with Range Deputy Spike Arnell while mounted on a horse. PIONEER PHOTO/Amber Sawyer

With the annual Fort Bridger Rendezvous just around the corner, eight deputies of the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, and an officer from both Mountain View and Lyman Police Departments completed mounted police training last week at the Platts’ arena in Lyman.

Their trainer, Jim Wiseback from Thermopolis, is a retired police officer and a consultant for departments throughout the United States and Canada. Wiseback also trains horses for police work and travels to teach mounted patrol techniques.

“We make them a mounted officer, rather than just somebody who can ride a horse,” Wiseback said.

The horses are trained for things they aren’t used to, like fireworks, and the officers learn tasks like crowd management, arrest techniques, and traffic control.

“These people vigorously train for 30 hours,” Wiseback said. “It’s hard work for the horses and the people.”

This is the third time he has come to train in Uinta County, with a total of 15 trained officers in Uinta County.

“The sheriff and his people are very gracious hosts and I thoroughly enjoy it,” Wiseback said.

The graduates included, from the Sheriff’s Office, Mike Mote, Chris Gebhart, Joe Morgan, Andy Kopp, Travis Gregory, Josh Raznick, Clay Myers, and Sgt. Sarah Jeffers; from the Lyman Police Department, Kathy Adams; and from the Mountain View Police Department, Becky Petersen.

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