More than 640 NYPD police officers graduated the Police Academy today in a ceremony held at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. Elected officials, NYPD executives, and loved ones gathered to celebrate the momentous occasion. Police Commissioner O’Neill presided over the celebration and congratulated the officers on their outstanding achievements.
“When you leave this building today, you’ll be tasked with coming up with creative ways to help people in all our communities all with an eye toward keeping people safe and continuing our downward crime trend,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “Never forget, you are the police. Our job is to keep people safe.”
The December 2016 graduating class includes officers from over 39 different countries who speak 53 different languages. Fifty-five of the graduating officers have served our country in the U.S. military. Armed with the best training and equipment in the world, along with the NYPD neighborhood policing, these new officers will carry out the NYPD’s mission to continue driving down crime in New York City while connecting with the communities they serve.