Where Do Mini Horses Work for the Sheriff's Department?

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As of 2015, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department works with Valor, a miniature therapy horse, on official police work. Some of the volunteer work includes attending outreach events and providing a calming presence following traumatic situations.

Valor has been trained to remain calm in all situations and behave indoors. The horse can navigate hallways, get on and off elevators, and greet people in a composed manner.

Valor and the other horses from Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses are on-call volunteers, meaning they will arrive at the police department to comfort scared children and other troubled individuals when the officers believe they can be of service.

The sheriff's department hopes that the mini horses will build a sense trust between the police department and the community. Officers occasionally appear with horses like Valor at community functions at schools and libraries.