The latest class of
NYPD School Safety Agents is sworn into service at a ceremony Wednesday in
Police Headquarters. Crime in schools citywide is down 14.39% this school
One-hundred and twenty new School Safety Agents graduated
in a ceremony at Police Headquarters Wednesday. They will be assigned throughout
New York City's approximately 1,700 public elementary and high schools tomorrow,
joining a force of approximately 5,200 agents and supervisors.
"If there is any branch of the Police Department that can
be said to impact the future of the city, it is our school safety division,
whose members create a secure environment where children can learn,"Commissioner
Kelly said. "The effect of that work can be seen in safer schools across the
city." Major crime in schools citywide is down by more than 14% this school
year. In the City's eight Impact schools, major crime has been reduced by
School Safety Agents are civilian members of the service
with special patrolmen status. They train for three months in the New York City
Police Academy on topics including Police and Behavioral Sciences as well as
metal detection, visitor control procedure, routine and crisis situations,
cultural diversity, tactical communications and hate crimes before undergoing
field training and school orientation.
More information about becoming a School Safety Agent is available online via http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/careers/school_safety.shtml.