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561 join up with ‘The Finest’

Posted 7/8/22
Amid a significant wave of officer retirements and resignations — upward of 4,000 by the end of the year, according to the Police Benevolent Association — the NYPD graduated 561 recruits July 1 in a Madison Square Garden ceremony, one of whom, above, was congratulated by Mayor Eric Adams, a rookie cop some 40 years ago himself.

The newly minted cops are joining up with more tested colleagues, Commissioner Keechant Sewell told the graduates, “during a time of significant challenges,” alluding to rising crime citywide. 

Still, The Job, as it’s known inside 1 Police Plaza, “is not for everyone,” Sewell continued. “Not many can do what you will do, what you swore to do, what you trained for months to do, what this city is counting on the NYPD to do.” 

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