The class is the most diverse in the NYPD’s history, with 51 percent of the class made up of African-American, Latino or Asian members, according to the New York Daily News. Roughly 20 percent of the class is female.
Graduates will now be assigned to some of the most crime-ridden areas the city has to offer in a serious attempt to drop the annual crime rate.
Commissioner Bill Bratton told the class he intends to reduce the crime rate this year compared with 2013 — and to do that, he’s going to assign them to high-crime areas.
“I want you to learn from the best … so that for the next 20 years you understand what it means to be a cop,” Bratton told the New York Daily News.
The new recruits, will be joined by 600 additional officers who “will leave non-enforcement roles and join the rookies on the streets in high-crime precincts in the next week or two as part of the summer crime-fighting plan,” Bratton told the Wall Street Journal.