Cherokee Third-Graders Get Hands-On Lessons from Mounted Patrol

Cherokee Third-Graders Get Hands-On Lessons from Mounted Patrol
Posted on 03/29/2018
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Cherokee third graders with mounted patrolLast year, Cherokee’s SRO Captain Katie McMahon visited third grade classrooms to talk about police horses to help students prepare to write essays on the benefits of police horses.

This year she brought more than pictures to show the students – she brought two deputies and their horse, Reggie, from the Butler County Mounted Patrol. The mounted patrol is a dedicated group of volunteers who are Honorary Special Deputies with the Sheriff’s Department.

“The students typically read passages to help write their essays, but this visit was a great way for students to interview the deputies to gather additional information,” said Jama Singh, one of Cherokee’s third-grade language arts teachers. “And the students were just so excited to go outside and meet Reggie.” The visit also tied in perfectly with a social studies unit on government and law enforcement.

Students learned that the police horses are great tools for the Sheriff’s office – both as a means of transportation and for patrolling because sitting above the crowd on a horse is an effective way to watch everything that is going on. The mounted patrol regularly attends events like the Butler Country Fair and area parades, and patrols county parks and even area subdivisions prior to the start of a new school year.

Another role of the mounted patrol is to talk about the work of the Sheriff’s Office. And all the students’ questions gave the deputies the perfect opportunity to do just that.