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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:

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. Please note that we typically have patrols available 6 days a week and candidates with weekday availablility are strongly encouraged to apply.


* 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.


** Mandatory = short sleeve uniform shirt, long sleeve uniform shirt, unit pins, tie clip, tie and patches for shirts, tall black dress boots (field boots or paddock boots with half chaps also acceptable) and correct color of green breeches; optional attire includes solid black gloves, embroidered turtleneck, commando sweater, utility belt, baseball cap


*** Dues or event ticket, currently set at a minimum of $75/year

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