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Press Release # 002
Monday, January 10, 2005

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly Swore In New Class Of Approximately 1750 Police Recruits

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today swore in a new class of approximately 1750 New York Police Department recruits. This group includes the highest percentage of minorities ever to be hired in a single class. More than half * 54.06% * of the class are minorities. It is also the best educated. Fifty-seven percent of the class earned college degrees; 27% have Associates Degrees and 30% possess Baccalaureate Degrees. Moreover, 68 recruits have either a Masters Degree or are currently enrolled in a Masters program. Three members are attorneys.

Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly: "This is a monumental day for these candidates and marks the beginning of one of the most challenging and fulfilling careers imaginable. These men and women are now part of the biggest and best Police Department in the world. They will be charged with helping to keep New York City the safest large city in the country. I wish these candidates the best of luck and urge them to take full advantage of the outstanding training provided by the Police Academy."

The average age of this group of recruits is 27 and 63.11% of them are New York City residents. More than 10% served in the military and 93 recruits previously worked for the Department as School Safety Agents, Traffic Enforcement Agents or Cadets.

This class of recruits is the first class to be sworn in 2005. The following is a breakdown of gender and ethnicity of the approximately 1750 recruits sworn in:

Male: 83.6%
Female: 16.4%

White: 45.81%
Hispanic: 28.17%
Black: 17.70%
Asian: 8.02%
Other: 0.22%

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