NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Police Commissioner Ray Kelly administered the oath of office to the largest class of New York City Police Department recruits in five years Wednesday.
The 1,635 newcomers also made up one of the most diverse classes, with recruits coming from 55 different countries, including India, Vietnam and Romania.READ MORE: 'We're Not Going To Tolerate Antisemitism In This Country': FBI Director, Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker Discuss Texas Synagogue Hostage Situation
“A lot [of people] that don’t speak English, they really need people to help them. And I’m proud that today I can become part the police,” one recruit from Malaysia told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan.
1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan Speaks With Some Of The New Recruits
Thirty percent of the new hires are college graduates and 22 recruits have advanced degrees, including Douglas Schneider, who has a law degree.READ MORE: Suspect Dies After Police-Involved Shooting In Wakefield Section Of Bronx
“I think there’s significantly more qualified people who are standing right and left of me when I took the oath,” he said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new class reflected “the diverse population it will help protect.”MORE NEWS: Child Hospitalized After Being Struck By Car In Queens
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