Imagine… an officer that stands almost ten feet tall and weighs between 1,000-1,400 pounds. That is what makes the mounted deputy an incredible asset to our community. When using our horses for crowd control or special events, they act as a tower of law enforcement visibility for the safety and security of those in attendance. Mounted units are also an excellent public relations tool for the Agency.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit was created in the 1960’s with seven charter members. The unit has grown over the years and now encompasses 30 plus volunteer members. The volunteers use all of their own horses, trailers and equipment.
The Mounted Unit is very active in the community and can be seen at major events within the county. The unit meets on the first Tuesday of ever month and trains twice a month. The Mounted Unit Commander, Captain Eddie Leedy, can be reached at 352-732-8181 or on his cell, 352-572-1785.