The New York City Police Department added 50 new members to its elite Emergency Service Unit, a branch of the Special Operations Division, today.
This class of 6 sergeants, 2 detectives, and 42 police officers, completed 27 weeks of highly specialized training, including learning to detect deadly nerve agents, rappelling from helicopters and climbing city bridges. All officers in the Emergency Service Unit are certified Emergency Medical Technicians and SCUBA specialists.
Members of this graduating class were deployed during Hurricane Sandy and assigned to specialized response teams rescuing dozens of residents in the City’s most affected areas. In the days after the storm these men and women worked to clear trees from roadways, perform grid searches, and make safe a host of dangerous conditions.
Speaking at Tuesday’s graduation ceremony, Police Commissioner Kelly said: “With the experience you gained after Hurricane Sandy and the top-notch training you received from specialized training school I know you’re ready to tackle any job that comes your way.”
ESU officers respond to approximately 150,000 jobs each year, including barricaded suspects, emotionally disturbed persons, construction accidents and other dangerous conditions in the city.