Criminal Justice Students Visit HPD Mounted Patrol Stable
By Cynthia Gonzales
Recently, 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.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.