Behind The Scenes With The NYPD’s Elite Mounted Unit

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — They’re called New York City’s 10-foot cops. Officers of the NYPD Mounted Unit patrol atop an elite group of 55 horses who also perform a vital service as members of the unique force.

They attract attention wherever they go. That visibility is essential, but the unit’s detail is more than public relations and guiding traffic. In July, Officers Megan O’Leary and Joseph Tomeo were first responders to the terrifying scene in Central Park after a huge tree fell on a mother and her young children.

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