Twelve Filipino-Americans join NYPD

At least a dozen Filipino-Americans were among the 2,000 new recruits sworn in on July 2 to the New York Police Department (NYPD) by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.

Nearly half of the recruits are minorities. The class is one of the most ethnically diverse and highly educated classes in NYPD history, according to Bloomberg, who—with Kelly—presided over the ceremony at Brooklyn Technical High School. The mayor said the batch is also the first class of recruits since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The new Fil-Am cops are part of the five percent of the new Asian-American members of the NYPD.

Most recruits are still Caucasians, at 54 percent, followed by Hispanics at 24 percent, and African-Americans at 16 percent.

“These men and women begin the next stage in joining and contributing to the greatest law enforcement agency in the world—the NYPD,” Bloomberg said. “They will be asked to continue to effect the historic drop in crime, while also protecting us from the new realities of the dangerous world we live in.”

“We will ask these recruits to do both of these things at a time when everyone needs to do more with less. I thank the members of the new class for dedicating their lives to ensuring the public’s safety, and I am confident that they will help keep New York the safest and most secure large city in the United States,” the mayor continued.

The new class of recruits will spend the next eight months at the Police Academy in Manhattan preparing for the challenges of serving as police officers in the Big Apple. The recruits will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on experience, including field, firearm, and counterterrorism training.

Following eight months at the Academy, the Department will assign the graduates to precinct commands throughout the city. Kelly said each of the recruits has completed at least 60 college credits. In addition, he said 15 have earned master’s degrees while two others have earned juris doctorates.

“The majority of recruits are city residents and more than 300 served in active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces,” the commissioner said. “They join the NYPD at an important time in our city’s history. We will look to them to help us continue to guard against the threat of terrorism and to continue to suppress crime to record lows.”

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