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Officer Jamie Smrstick & Copper

Officer Jamie Smrstick & Copper

Office Jamie Smrstick has been a St. Paul Police Officer for 13 years. Office Smrstick has worked in the Eastern and Central Districts and has spent most of his career on the Midnight shift. Officer Smrstick is a Field Training Officer, AR Operator, and has been a member of the Department’s Mobile Field Force and Bicycle Emergency Rapid Response Team. Officer Smrstick’s equestrian experience includes the Boy Scouts of America’s Horsemanship Merit badge.

Officer Smrstick is currently assigned Copper.


Officer Shannon Diedrich

Officer Shannon Diedrich

Officer Shannon Diedrich has been a police officer with the St. Paul Police dept since 2014. She joined the Mounted Unit in 2018. Shannon says it's a dream to work as a police officer and work with the Mounted Unit. Shannon has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice form Metropolitan State University. Shannon loves learning and doing new things.

Officer Diedrich is currently assigned Guinness.


Officer Eric Stevens

Officer Eric Stevens

Officer Eric Stevens has served as a St. Paul Police officer since 2001. In that time he has worked the central and east districts, GRID unit, SWAT, Mobile Field Force and has been a Field Training Officer since 2008.

Having no horse experience, Officer Stevens has found the Mounted Unit to be extremely fulfilling yet challenging at the same time.

In his off time, Officer Stevens enjoys spending time with his wife, 2 daughters and their English Bulldog "Sherman Tank." His hobbies include traveling and working on his 1968 Plymouth GTX and 1931 Ford Model A Hot Rod.

Officer Stevens is currently assigned Javiar, or "Javi."


Officer Hank Price

Officer Hank Price

Officer Hank Price has served as a St. Paul Police Officer since 1999. He loves serving in the Mounted Unit due to his love of horses and the constant training and learning involved.

 

 

 


Officer Jennifer Mink & Moose

Officer Jennifer Mink & Moose

Officer Jennifer Mink joined the Mounted Unit in 2014. Jen says that working with the Mounted Unit has been a dream come true. As a kid, Jen saved her pennies to take horseback riding lessons. She loves the Mounted Unit because it allows her to work special events and have a closer relationship with the citizens of St. Paul.

Jen has her Bachelors degree from Western Illinois University. Jen loves learning new things so it's no surprise she's a Response to Resistance and Aggression Instructor and a Mounted Police Instructor. 

Jennifer Mink is currently assigned to Moose. A 10 year old Clydesdale Quarter horse donated from Red Wing.

Moose is the gentle giant in the herd. He loves eating and conserving his energy. He's also very brave. In the face of danger, he remains calm and quiet. 


Officer Andrew Lewis & Rascal

Officer Andrew Lewis & Charlie

Officer Andrew Lewis has been with the St. Paul Police Department since 2001. He became a member of the mounted unit in 2004, and now is the head trainer of the mounted Unit. In addition, he also serves as a use of force and firearms instructor for the department. He has a political science degree from the University of Iowa and has served four years in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger.

Officer Andrew Lewis is currently assigned Charlie

Charlie is a Thoroughbred/American Spotted Draft mix. He's 9 years old, and came to the unit from Delano, MN.


Officer Tommy Handwerk & Cowboy

Officer Tommy Handwerk & Cowboy

Officer Tommy Handwerk has been a police officer since 2005 and started with the St. Paul Police Department in 2009. He joined the Mounted Patrol Unit in 2013 and loves to come to work. On his days off, Officer Handwerk loves to be at home with his family and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle down Mississippi River Road.

Cowboy is a 16 year old Tri Colored Paint Gelding.

Officer Tommy Handwerk and Cowboy