Mounted police are trained for flexibility in their role, and as such are able to undertake a variety of specialist policing tasks. These include:
Mounted patrols are often carried out in the city and suburban areas, as well as parklands, beaches, and other open recreational areas. Mounted patrols are also used for special events such as political rallies, marches, sporting events and music festivals.
Officers are trained in conducting mounted searches in large tracts of open country, forest, bush and scrub land for missing persons, stolen property and evidence in serious criminal matters.
Officers and their horses are trained in crowd management techniques and VIP protection. Their skills are often engaged at large public gatherings and sporting fixtures.
Members of the Unit are always thrilled to attend local schools and clubs, and are able to provide informative talks about the Unit's role and history, as well as horse care and management to various community groups.
The historic nature and traditions of the Mounted Unit mean they often participate in ceremonial events, including Freedom of the City ceremonies, Anzac Day parades, and Regal or Vice Regal occasions.
The Unit has the ability to rapidly respond to any situation as required. Members are also trained for and capable of carrying out extended searches, and are able to camp out should they be required for lengthy periods.