The New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) got a new helper for its neighborhood watch – a miniature horse named Patch. The NOPD posted to X (formerly Twitter): It’s official – our beloved Patch the mini horse is a full-fledged NOPD Officer!!! Patch was sworn in today by Mayor LaToya Cantrell. The 15-year-old got his own badge and a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council. Geaux Patch Geaux!!!

According to WGNO news  in Louisiana, Patch is three feet tall and has only one eye due to a birth defect. The mini was originally drafted as an emotional support animal back in January, “to be a nice, calming presence in the barn and for the officers, and ties the community and mounted division unit,” says Jessica Dietz, president of COPS 8, a non-profit group that supports the NOPD and helped facilitate the arrival of Patch.

He’s the first mini to join the unit since Hurricane Katrina and will offer support to both other horses that serve in the NOPD mounted unit, and for police officers.

Patch has been an instant smash hit with locals and police officers alike since his arrival, taking part in parades in the French Quarter of the historic city. You can follow Patch’s adventures on his Instagram.

Watch video of Patch’s official ceremony here on Facebook.