The unit handles regular patrol assignments throughout the county and supports special initiatives that call for a mounted deputy. BSO's Mounted Patrol has been used for a variety of community policing functions including recovery of prisoner escapees and the location of lost children and other individuals. In addition, the unit provides a unique presence at community events, in parades and at ceremonial/honor guard occasions. The unit also assists neighboring agencies and municipalities upon request.
Saw-grass is so named because it has spiny, serrated leaf blades that resemble a saw. While the coarse texture and sharp-toothed leaf blades of the plant make it difficult and even hazardous to be near, many wildlife species utilize saw-grass for both food and shelter. Migrating ducks and geese consume the seeds as a high-energy food source. Saw-grass provides cover and nesting sites for numerous birds, reptiles, and amphibians.