07/09/2007

Training for mounted police is no ride in the park

By Maureen O'Donnell
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO If you think it would be great to ride around Chicago on a horse all day in a Smokey Bear hat, think again.

The grueling training regimen for the Chicago Police Department's Mounted Unit's first rookie class since 2001 includes mucking out stalls, pushing Dumpsters loaded with 500 pounds of manure, and hauling hay bales and 70-pound bags of shavings.

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