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Criminal Justice Students Visit HPD Mounted Patrol Stable


By Cynthia Gonzales

Students with police horsesRecently, UHD Criminal Justice students gained hands-on knowledge about the Houston Police Department’s (HPD) Mounted Patrol.

On November 29, 2018, University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) students toured HPD’s Mounted Patrol Stable. The Mounted Patrol Unit consists of well-trained officers and horses assisting with Downtown patrol, special events and crowd control.

UHD adjunct professor Nhatthien “Nathan” Nguyen, who also is a Commander with the HPD, sponsored the tour as part of his CJ 2301 class, Police System.

Mounted Patrol officers Tyson Huffstedler and Horace Mann provided a brief history of Mounted Patrol Unit, its training/safety protocol, operational procedures and personnel selection process.

Students also had the chance to interact with the horses by feeding carrots to them. The officers walked through each horse’s stable and pointed out the sponsor(s) of the horses, each horse’s name and personality.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.