As the largest municipal police department in the world, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) held commencement Tuesday, July 2, 2013, for the graduation of its latest class of police cadets. With one of the largest classes congregated and poised proudly, 781 new police officers got the night off to celebrate this milestone before they report for their first day of official police duty.
Some will report for their first Roll-call in the morning, others in the evening. The NYPD’s entire jurisdictional landscape encompasses five boroughs (counties) and comprises 76 geographical areas, otherwise known as precincts.
In time for the Independence Day festivities the newest of New York’s finest will be in vast diaspora and report to their first assignment.
Serving a populace of approximately slightly higher than 8,000,000 people in the five boroughs of New York City, the NYPD maintains roughly 51,000 employees with a 2013-operating budget of 4.6 billion dollars.
Thus 76 police buildings throughout the massive landscape of New York City will have distributions from the 781 police cadet graduates and, therefore, compensating for attrition through retirements, police officer deaths, and typical lateral transfers.
As the largest city police force in the world with a current sworn-strength of approximately 34,500, not including civilian positions, the 781 newer graduates add to the uniqueness which makes NYC like no other destination in the world. This latest class of police academy graduates encompass among them people from 40 countries, speaking a total of 49 different languages. It does not get much more diverse than that, especially in the policing profession.
Most law enforcement agencies throughout the country typically attract and hire cops from the immediate area of jurisdiction, thus the indigenous aspects apply: Common language; ways, means, and norms; small geopolitical climate.
Given the United States’ population is currently approximately 316,119,000, and there are about 18,000 law enforcement agencies in America, with only roughly 1.02 million cops across the entire expanse of our nation, 781 additives is fractional.
Year-to-date law enforcement officers deaths in-the-line-of duty for 2013 is 53, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP) website.
However, to those 781 recent NYPD police academy graduates (and others across the nation), we commend your selflessness, willingness to serve the public, and desire to invest in the countless lives of others.
Albeit infrequently heard, your dedication in service to the citizenry of the United States is noble, courageous, and speaks voluminously of the myriad character traits requisite to achieve such a mission.
Each police academy graduate is to be commended for enduring months of physical exertion, for exceeding vigorous discipline, and for self-sacrifice, even before service implementation.