4. The NYPD Has One of the Largest Mounted Police Forces in the United States

The NYPD Mounted Police Unit was formed in 1875. Mounted police forces are still used in many countries, but the sizes of the forces in the United States has decreased over the years. In 2011, the New York Times reported that the NYPD Mounted Police Force had 79 police officers and 60 horses. This is a decrease compared to the 130 officers and 125 horses that it used to have. Deputy Inspector Barry Gelbman serves as the current Commanding Officer of the Mounted Unit.