The Polk County Sheriff’s Office will hold tryouts for its volunteer Mounted Search and Recovery Team on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Combee Arena in Lakeland.
The MSART volunteers work with sworn deputy sheriffs during deployments where horses and riders are used to search areas that are difficult to access.
Non-law enforcement citizens who have an interest in volunteer public service and horse riding may try out. Those who want to apply for the volunteer team will be required to fill out a volunteer application the day of the tryout. Each will need to bring horse, trailer, saddle and current Coggins. All items will be inspected the day of the event. A riding exercise and obstacle course test will be given to each rider.
Those interested may contact Detective Jay Scarborough at firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday, Jan. 19, or call (863) 287-2224.
Tryouts are at 9 a.m. The Combee Arena is on Fish Hatchery Road between Hardin Combee Road and Morgan Combee Road, in Lakeland.