New York City Police Department

Press Release | No. 2008-002

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 8, 2008



Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today swore in a new class of 1,028 New York City Police Department recruits. The recruits begin formal Police Academy training to become police officers next week.

First Class of 2008 Includes Recruits Born in 50 Different Countries

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today swore in a new class of 1,028 New York City Police Department recruits. The recruits begin formalPolice Academy training to become police officers next week.

“This first class of 2008 joins the Department at a watershed moment for New York City, with crime driven drive down to historic lows,” Commissioner Kelly said. “Their mission however, is no less daunting: to keep the city the safest in the nation, remain vigilant against terrorism and foster cooperative community relations.”

Among the recruits, 277 members of the class hold Bachelor’s degrees. Five have masters degrees or are currently enrolled in a Masters program, and one, former Westchester County Assistant District Attorney Alissa Gonzalez, holds a law degree from New York University.

The average age of this group of recruits is 26 and 55% of this class are New York City residents. More than 10% served in the military and 73 recruits previously worked for the Department as School Safety Agents, Traffic Enforcement Agents or Cadets. One hundred seventy-seven members of this class were born outside of the United States. The different countries are listed below.

The following is a breakdown of gender and ethnicity of the approximately 1,028 recruits sworn in:

Male: 81.2%
Female: 18.8%

White: 52.8%
Hispanic: 27.8%
Black: 13.6%
Asian: 4.8%
Other: 1 %

Albania

Bangladesh

Belarus

Belize

Bolivia

Brazil

Bulgaria

China

Columbia

Costa Rica

Croatia

Czech Republic

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

El Salvador

England

 

Germany

Guyana

Haiti

Honduras

India

Ireland

Israel

Jamaica

Japan

Liberia

Lithuania

Mexico

Moldavia

Morocco

Nicaragua

Nigeria

Pakistan

 

Panama

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Romania

Russia

Saint Lucia

Slovakia

South Korea

Thailand

Trinidad

Turkey

Ukraine

Vietnam

Yemen

 



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