Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill presided over a hiring ceremony Thursday for 499 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.
“The next six months here are meant to prepare you as much as possible for everything this job entails. It won’t be easy and our line of work certainly isn’t for everybody,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.
“As a cop, every single day you put on that uniform and that shield will be memorable.”
During their time in the Academy the recruits will go out for field training where they will learn about neighborhood policing. They will experience how officers are fighting crime and building bonds with the communities they serve. Among the many trainings, new recruits will learn about first aid, de-escalation tactics and crisis communications, and how to use their issued Naloxone.
More than 150 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. As police cadets they were assigned to various commands citywide in clerical roles while they attended college.
Of the new hires, more than 46% have earned a bachelors degree and 31 of the recruits have previous U.S. Military service. One-hundred and eighty-nine of those sworn speak a foreign language for a total of 26 different languages. One-hundred and forty-two of the newest hires are foreign born, hailing from 42 different countries.