One-hundred and twenty-four 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.
“If there's any branch of the Police Department that can be said to impact the future of the city, it's our School Safety Division through which 5,000 school safety agents and police officers help to create a secure environment for young people," Commissioner Kelly said. "Working together, they've achieved impressive results.”
Crime in public schools citywide is half of what it was compared to 2001. Felony assaults are down by 53 percent compared to 2001 and robberies are down nearly 70 percent.
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 cultural diversity, visitor control procedure, crisis situations, hate crimes, tactical communications, and metal detectors before undergoing field training and school orientation.
To learn more about becoming a school safety officer with the NYPD, visit: http://www.nypdcivilianjobs.com/schoolsafetyjobs/