The K-9 unit seems to get all the attention around the MPD. That is, until the Mounted Patrol Unit shows up. The thing is, they show up everywhere. 23 riders and 11 horses have been extremely valuable tools in connecting with the community at fairs, parades, festivals and open houses. This unit and the managed to hit every police precinct several times last year. Perhaps more importantly, this finely-tuned team helped move crowds and keep people safe over the course of 60 bar closings and the Dinkytown Disturbance. The Mounted Patrol unit is a savvy combination of community policing and public protection.