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“Even in tough fiscal times, we must ensure that the NYPD has the resources it needs to keep out streets and our neighborhoods safe,” said Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “Today’s recruits will soon take part in the day to day operations of New York’s finest, doing a job that most people can’t even imagine. I want to thank you for your service and for your dedication to keeping New York the safest big city in America.”
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly swore in a new class of 274 New York City Police Department recruits July 14. The July 2009 Police Academy class is 58 percent minority, the most diverse ever, and consists of recruits who were born in 22 countries. A number of them have prepared for their careers as police officers by serving in the military including 22 that served with the United States military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today’s class includes 112 recruits who began their careers with the Police Cadet Corps and 145 who carry college or advanced degrees, including 6 recruits with Masters Degrees, and one Juris Doctor. The ceremony was held in the 1 Police Plaza auditorium.
“Welcome to the most talented and dedicated police force in the country,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “You are joining an organization that has continued to drive crime lower at home while keeping us safe from threats around the globe. Your class is the most diverse classes on record. You truly reflect the composition of the city you will serve, and that will help us continue driving down crime, and continue strengthening police-community relations.”
“You are among the best educated and most diverse classes of recruits ever to take the oath as New York City Police Officers,” said Police Commissioner Kelly. “Today you join the finest police force in the world and begin a career that will directly help improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. You can count on the support of this Department, your fellow officers and the City as you complete your formal Academy training and join the ranks this coming December.”
The recruits enter the academy during another year of crime reductions. So far through the first half of 2009 crime is down 11.8 percent compared to the same period last year. The average age of the July 2009 class of recruits is 24. More than seventy percent reside in New York City, and four recruits previously worked for the NYPD as a Criminalist, School Safety Agent or Traffic Enforcement Agents.
The gender and racial breakdown of the 274 recruits sworn-in is:
Their countries of origin are: