Police Commissioner James O’Neill presided over a hiring ceremony today for 438 new police recruits who will now begin six months of Police Academy training. The new hires were sworn-in during a ceremony at the NYPD Police Academy in College Point, Queens.
“Today you begin what I believe is the greatest job in the world,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill. “A job in which you can truly make a difference for those who live and work in our great city.”
Of those sworn in, more than 37% have earned a bachelors degree and more than 8% of the recruits have previous U.S. Military service. This class has the second highest percentage of women overall, the second-highest percentage of Hispanic recruits, and the third-highest percentage of black recruits. The class sworn in Thursday is the first to go completely paperless. Recruits will do class work on department-issued laptops and be able to download all the necessary manuals and training materials.
Fifty of the recruits in this class previously served as New York City traffic enforcement agents, school safety agents or in other civilian roles, including police cadets who were promoted and recognized with certificates after the swearing-in ceremony. The police cadets were assigned to various commands citywide in clerical roles while they attended college.
The new hires come from around the globe, with 24% born outside the United States from 36 different countries and speaking 23 different languages.
Pashto, Urdu and Punjabi
Tibetan, Hindi, Nepali