Four-hundred and thirty-four of the newest Finest graduated the NYPD Police Academy ton Monday in a ceremony held at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYPD executives, elected officials, and loved ones gathered to celebrate the occasion. Police Commissioner James O’Neill presided over the celebration and congratulated the officers on their outstanding achievements:
“Only one out of every 10 people we look at for this prestigious job is selected and not all of them make it through the six months of training to today,” said Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill.
“You’ve just completed one of the most-thorough most-challenging police academies in the country. And today is a day you’ll remember for the rest of your time on the job.”
The June 2016 graduating class includes officers from 32 different countries and speak 39 different languages. These newly graduated officers join the thousands of other men and women in the NYPD who are dedicated to driving down crime and building bonds with those we serve through NYPD Neighborhood Policing.