12/23/2011

NYPD ushers in largest class since '05

Mayor, police commissioner presided over NYPD recruits from 58 countries

States News Service

NEW YORK — Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today presided over a graduation ceremony for 1,519 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.

It's been another unforgettable year for the NYPD: two terrorist plots foiled, a smooth handling of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 amid significant security threats, and a massive mobilization to help evacuate citizens during Hurricane Irene, said Mayor Bloomberg. Despite all those challenges, the department still succeeded in keeping New York City the safest big city in the country. Today's graduates will build on that success. Earlier this month, we were tragically reminded of the bravery required to join the NYPD and the kind of heroes that make up the department. Good luck, and congratulations again to you and your families. May God bless and protect each of you and may God continue to bless the NYPD.

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