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The New York City Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Auxiliary Unit, founded in 1996, is a group of private citizens who assist the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) Officers of the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation. PEP Officers are certified New York State Peace Officers and NYC Special Patrolman.


Auxiliary Officers serve as “Eyes and Ears” for the Parks Department, patrolling on horse­back in areas inaccessible by vehicle to ensure the safety of park patrons and the preserva­tion of animals, plants, and natural resources. In uniform, on well-trained Parks mounts, we deter, identify, and report illegal or unsafe activi­ties that require PEP, NYPD, FDNY, or EMS attention. We advise the public on Parks rules, provide directions and information, and assist those who are injured, lost, or victims of crime. We support PEP at special events such as concerts, parades, and the New York City Marathon.

NYC PEP Mounted Auxiliary Unit is operated under the auspices of a Board of Directors, the members of which are elected by the Unit for a two-year term. The role of the Board of Directors is to set policy and create a financial and operational plan for the ongoing success of the Unit.

A copy of the latest annual report filed by the NYC PEP Mounted Auxiliary Unit may be obtained upon request from the New York State Department of Law, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271, or from finance@auxparksmtd.org.

Candidates for the position of NYC Parks Enforcement Mounted Auxiliary Officer must be:

* Minimum requirements - Able to walk, trot & canter without stirrups; groom and tack a mount safely and effectively; a balanced, safe, confident rider in a variety of conditions. The Auxiliary does not provide riding instruction.


The process starts by emailing us at parkhorsepatrol@yahoo.com and gving us your contact information.

We will email you further information as well as an application form.

**February 2015 - Thank you for your interest in the Mounted Auxiliary.  We are currently not recruiting. However, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list to join the Mounted Auxiliary you may email us. We will contact you when we resume recruiting. 


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