555 Police Rookies Join Force Today

555 police rookies graduate the New York City Police Academy.  (Photos by Juan Jimenez/simplyjuan.com)

The last New York City Police Academy graduation of 2016, was held today at Madison Square Garden.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner James P. O’Neill addressed the rookies and welcomed them to the force, which they will join immediately after the ceremony as probationary police officers.

Among the 555 graduates was Officer Paradine, who served in the United States Marine Corps and is a Purple Heart recipient.  Paradine was deployed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated and wounded the former Marine.  Also graduating this day were 143 Latinos from the New York City area.   The graduating class was just in time for deployment to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square.

Please follow the link to a small photos gallery of the graduating class.