Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, NYPD executives, community partners, and loved ones gathered at the Barclays Center to celebrate the 2017 Youth Police Academy graduation. This year, approximately 1,900 students completed a rigorous six-week program that emphasizes the importance of discipline, education, and good citizenship. During the summer program the students learn about law enforcement procedures through first hand interactions with police officers and school safety agents. The children also learn about specialized units, participate in military drills, and complete daily exercise routines.
The celebratory event featured a talent performance, drill exercise, and musical tribute to our fallen officers. Notable attendees included Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Vanessa Gibson, the wives of Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo and Detective Steven McDonald, and the children of Detective Miosotis Familia. Police Commissioner O’Neill presided over the ceremony and thanked the graduates for taking a keen interest in New York City’s safety.
“The Youth Police Academy emphasizes service and what that means to all of us. Service gives us our police, our school, and all of the other public institution that keep our city running. It makes life in this great city worth living,” said Police Commissioner O’Neill.
Programs such as Youth Police Academy, Law Enforcement Explorers, and Cadet Corps are an essential part of the NYPD Neighborhood Policing philosophy.