The NYPD says it now has more than 35,000 officers after the latest group of recruits were sworn in to the force Thursday. NY1's Dean Meminger has the story.
The NYPD swore in a class of 830 recruits Thursday at Queens College with hopes they will become officers this summer.
"You will take risks that the rest of us in the civilian world can barely imagine taking," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Just last Thursday three of our finest were shot by armed criminal in two separate incidents in an hour's span."
One of the recruits, Katrina Narvaez, already knows about the danger.
Her father, NYPD Lieutenant Federico Narvaez was shot and killed on the job in 1996.
"I have always been around cops since I was little, even after my dad passed away," Narvaez said. "I really just want to help people and do something that would make
my dad proud and my mom proud, and my family."
But first she and the other recruits have to make it through six months of tough physical and mental training at the academy, learning about police procedures and the law.
"You will be prepared to patrol the greatest city in the world," Commissioner Ray Kelly said. "You'll have a front row seat to perhaps the greatest show in the world."
The department says 200 of the recruits were born outside of the U.S. in more than 50 different countries, but currently about 60 percent of the total class lives within the five boroughs."
The class is made up of 84 percent men and 16 percent women. It's also 49 percent white, nearly 28 percent Hispanic, 13 percent black and 10 percent Asian.
The mayor told the future officers he will continue to push state and federal lawmakers to pass stricter gun laws.
"We owe it to you, the good guys, to protect you," Bloomberg said. "To do whatever we can to let you come home to your families safely."