The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Civilian Search and Rescue is a volunteer-based organization under the direction of the San Juan County Sheriff. Dedicated volunteer members work jointly with the Sheriff’s to respond to community needs of search and rescue in San Juan County, New Mexico, and surrounding areas. They may also work jointly with other public and private agencies if the need arises.
Members use their personal ATV’s SUV’s and pick-up trucks to transport personnel and equipment in and out of search areas, in rural and urban settings. Included are ATV’s, 4×4 and 4×2 vehicles. They are also used for perimeter containment and can transport items needed to locations not easily reached by other vehicles.
As a member of Mounted Unit, you have a chance to contribute your time to your community moreover you have the opportunity to work with your horse as a partner.
The horse/human partnership in a search can have many diverse and exciting dimensions.
The elevated position of the searcher can enhance the ability to see sign and assist in tracking a subject. It also provides a wider range of view. The independent awareness of sound, movement and smell that a horse possesses can lead to the conclusion of a successful search. The speed in which a horse/human partnership can move will assist in covering outlying areas. This is critical to foot searchers in order for them to focus on a more specific area. In addition, the strength and power of the horse can be utilized for subject evacuation, and movement of supplies to areas not easily reached by vehicles.
As a member of the Mounted Unit you are also asked to participate in some enjoyable community public relation duties. This could include parades and other appearances where you and your equine partner represent the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
Community Relations Division San Juan County Sheriff’s Office 211 South Oliver Aztec, NM 87410 505-334-6107
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
For additional information, please contact the Community Relations Division at (505) 334-6107.