Behind the Badge and Bridle event

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's not often you can get up close and personal with a police horse. And Sunday, some got that chance when the Kansas City Police Department's Mounted Patrol opened its stable doors at Swope Park for the Behind the Badge and Bridle event.

Officers say it was a chance to show off their four-legged partners to police families and the public. Mounted demonstrations, free food and face time with officers; the fun side of what police call an effective means of patrolling.

"It's a tower of police visibility because we're so tall so that makes them real effective from a vision standpoint," saidĀ Sgt. Joey Roberts about his 14-year-old Holsteiner "Commander."

Nine-year-old Rylee Hennegin came to the event with her little brother because their dad is an officer.

"I think they're pretty cool. I mean, they're gigantic, but they're pretty cool!" She said with a grin.

The division is working on getting its 9th horse. Officers joked they sometimes spend more time with their horses than their families.