YULEE, Fla. -- The Nassau County Sheriff's Office is searching for volunteers to form part of a new Civilian Mounted Posse.
It'll be the first time the agency has had a mounted patrol unit since 1990.
According to Lt. Terry Nye, who will head the training program for volunteers, horses are essential to law enforcement agencies.
"You could cover twice as much area on a horse and they don't get near as tired," said Nye.
According to Nye, it costs at least $2,000 a year to maintain a horse and that doesn't include veterinary bills.
Sheriff Bill Leeper said it's an expense the Nassau County Sheriff's Office just doesn't have right now.
"Having volunteers in the program, it could save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to the taxpayers," said Leeper.
All volunteers must own and maintain their own horses, as well as provide their own horse transportation. They also have to pass a background check and interview.
Applications are available at the Nassau County Sheriff's Office and at the Callahan Fair from Oct. 17 to 27.
The program is expected to begin early next year.