Saturday, March 8, 2008

Police Horse Stables Within Corporate Limits

The State of Florida lists "horses" among the animals defined as "livestock". Most municipalities have ordinances prohibiting "livestock" to be kept within their corporate limits. Does anyone have any experience with or information about getting approval to place a stable for police horses within corporate limits where such an ordinance exists short of having the ordinance rewritten?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

2008 Mounted Law Enforcement Training and Critique, Tampa FL

For the purpose of providing helpful feedback, please share with us your thoughts regarding the 2008 Mounted Law Enforcement Training and Critique that was held in Tampa, Florida in February. Your comments will help us build on what you think was successful and improve on what you think could have been improved in future events.

Mounted Patrols Leasing Privately Owned Horse

A great number of Mounted Patrol Units and volunteer posse organizations utilize horses for mounted police work that are not owned by the agency. For a number of reasons it is very important, (if not essential), that a lease be established between the agency and the owner of the horse. The lease will typically establish the conditions of the use of the horse, any compensations by the agency (lessee), assignment of responsibilities and limitations of liability. Such leases at one time were often only for $1.00 annually. There was recent discussion that for the lease to be enforceable, the lease would have to be for a minimum of $10.00 annually and the payment actually cashed. Does anyone know case law regarding the need to make the lease $10 opposed to $1.00 year?

If you have a copy of a lease that you would like to share, please send it to me and I will post it on the website under Documents.

Lt. M. A. Newby, Supervisor
Key West Police Department
Mounted Patrol Unit
(305) 809-1065