Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ONE DAY WITH: SGT. PAUL JONES; Horse-Mounted Patrol Brings Different Level of Surveillance

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

ONE DAY WITH: SGT. PAUL JONES; Horse-Mounted Patrol Brings Different Level of Surveillance

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Byline: Joe Black, The Times-Union

Sgt. Paul Jones, 37, has been supervising Jacksonville police's Mounted Unit for a little more than a year. During this week's Super Bowl events, he's working with officers from across the state patrolling the city on horseback.

Q: What are you looking for while you're patrolling, especially now with the Super Bowl?

We can get to places that the cars can't and see some things officers on foot can't. We're trying to do crowd control and monitor people to make sure everyone here is safe.

Q: Any high-speed chases?

Haven't had one yet. We can catch up with people on foot. Cars? Probably not too well, but we can catch people on foot pretty well.

Q: Why did you want to join the Mounted Unit?

I had been a trail rider when I was growing up. When this position opened up, I jumped at the chance. …

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