Fifty-two members of law enforcement graduated the NYPD Emergency Service Unit (ESU) Specialized Training School on Wednesday in a ceremony at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. Of the 52 graduates, 36 will now be part of the Department’s elite Emergency Service Unit and 16 graduates are members of partner agencies. The partner agencies included the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police, New Rochelle Police, Jersey City Police, Freeport Police, and the New York City Department of Corrections.
Established in 1930, ESU was formerly named the Emergency Services Division. The current ESU Specialized Training School is a grueling eight months long and is the longest specialized law enforcement training in the country.
“The New York metro area is a maze of infrastructure: subways, airports, ferries, stadiums, skyscrapers, bridges, jails,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “All of them full of people who we are pledged to protect. It will require courage and creativity and the realization that you don’t really have the option to call someone else. You will be called to a barricaded EDP or suicidal jumper because you are that someone else.”
Prior to the graduation ceremony, which was held in the NYPD’s Aviation Unit hangar, the newly trained officers demonstrated just what they learned. Officers rappelled from NYPD helicopters onto rooftops, performed emergency extractions from overturned vehicles, and took part in mock active shooter scenarios for all to see.
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