New York City Police Officers throw their dress gloves in the air in celebration at the conclusion of the Police Academy graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden Dec. 27.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today presided over a graduation ceremony for 1,147 new police officers at Madison Square Garden. The graduates recently completed over six months of intensive training at the Police Academy and will be assigned to Operation Impact, the program that pairs rookie officers with experienced supervisors and deploys them to targeted high-crime areas.
"Even during tough economic times, when the City's finances are severely limited, we remain committed to keeping New York City the safest big city in America," said Mayor Bloomberg. "Over these past nine years, we've reduced crime by more than 35 percent, and we're on track to record the third-lowest number of homicides in our City ever this year."
"This recruit class is a true reflection of New York City," said Commissioner Kelly. "They come from 51 countries and speak 47 languages. They've left behind careers in law, medicine, and business because police work was their calling. They are united by their aspiration to serve the public and contribute to the all-important work of defending the City."
One-hundred and one members of the class have prepared for their careers by serving in the Police Cadet Corps; 94 served in the military. Approximately 26 percent of the graduates are Hispanic, 12 percent are black, 6 percent are Asian and 55 percent are white. Approximately 15 percent of the graduates are female.
Commissioner Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg congratulate valedictorian Police Officer Dennis Maxim, 24. Officer Maxim is the fourth generation of his family to serve in the New York City Police Department.
Police Officer Reyna Ramirez is congratulated by Commissioner Kelly and Mayor Bloomberg at the Police Academy graduation ceremony Monday. Officer Ramirez, 24, is one of 203 officers in this graduating class who were born outside of the United States, one of 94 who served in the military, and one of 101 former New York City Police Cadets. She was born in the Dominican Republic and earned the Outstanding Company Sergeant award.
Mayor Bloomberg presented the Mayor's Award to Police Officer Dennis G. Maxim, for earning the highest overall average in today's class. In addition, Police Officer Kasey J. Homer received the Police Commissioner's Award for earning the second-highest overall average, and Police Officer Nathan A. Collins received the First Deputy Commissioner's Award for earning the highest academic average. Police Officer Maxim and Lauren M. Diffendale received the Chief of Department's Award for earning the highest physical fitness runoff average. Police Officer Jacob A. Giannelli received the Deputy Commissioner of Training Award for earning the highest firearms proficiency average. Police Officer Patrick J. Sullivan received the Commanding Officer's Award for exceptional police duty. Police Officer Reyna C. Ramirez received the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association Award as outstanding company sergeant. Police Officer Ceasar Munoz received the New York City Police Foundation Award for exceptional community service.
Two-hundred and three of the candidates (18 percent) were born outside the United States in 50 different countries:
Trinidad & Tobago-7
United Arab Emirates-1