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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 239-11
July 6, 2011

MAYOR BLOOMBERG AND POLICE COMMISSIONER KELLY ANNOUNCE HIRING OF 1,635 NEW POLICE RECRUITS

Largest Class in Five Years

Recruits Were Born in 55 Different Countries

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today announced the hiring of 1,635 New York City Police Department recruits. Commissioner Kelly administered the oath of office to the recruits at a swearing-in ceremony inside the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. The recruits form the largest Police Academy class since 2006 and will begin official training at the Police Academy in Manhattan on Monday. Sixteen percent of the class was born overseas, in 55 different countries. More than 30 percent of the recruits hold bachelor’s degrees, and 22 have earned advanced degrees. Seventy-one served the United States military in Iraq or Afghanistan and more than half, 58 percent, resides in the five boroughs.

 “While the City’s fiscal situation remains difficult, we are committed to maintaining and building on the dramatic improvements in public safety achieved by the NYPD over the last decade,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The new class is the largest single infusion of officers into the department in five years and it reflects the diverse population it will help protect.”

 “Whether this is your second career or your first job out of college, your skills and life experience are invaluable to our mission of reducing crime, defending against terrorism, and forging cooperative relationships with the people we serve,” said Commissioner Kelly. “I look forward to joining Mayor Bloomberg this winter to celebrate your graduation.”

Recruit Demographics

Male
Female
86.2 percent
13.8 percent
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
Other
55 percent
12.7 percent
23.5 percent
8 percent
0.8 percent

Countries of Origin

Of the new recruits, 266 (16 percent) were born outside the United States and are from 55 different countries:

Afghanistan
Albania
Anguilla
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bangladesh
Barbados
Burma-Myanmar
Belarus
Canada
China
Colombia
Cote D’ivoire
Croatia
Dominican Republic
Taiwan
Ecuador
El Salvador
Ghana
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Jamaica
Kazakhstan
Korea
Kyrgyzstan
Liberia
Malaysia
Mexico
Montserrat
Morocco
Nigeria
Pakistan
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Romania
Russia
Saint Lucia
Slovakia
Trinidad&Tobago
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uzbekistan
Venezuela
Vietnam

Forty-six police recruits previously served the City as School Safety and Traffic Enforcement Agents. Nearly 70 were Police Cadets – college apprentices who perform clerical and other assistance throughout the Department while they are in school.







MEDIA CONTACT:


Stu Loeser / Marc La Vorgna   (212) 788-2958

Paul Browne   (Police Department)
(646) 610-6700



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