Sixty-three police recruits graduated from the Westchester County Police Academy and are headed off to work at 21 departments in Westchester and four others in the region.
The new officers, who completed 20 weeks of training at the police academy in Valhalla, received their diplomas during a ceremony at the Performing Arts Center of the State University of New York at Purchase.
Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth addressed the graduates of the 137th Session Basic Police Recruit Class and wished them well in their careers.
He urged the graduates to remember that the Police Academy marked only the beginning of the ongoing training and education it takes to be a police officer.
“Police work is a dynamic, ever-changing profession,” said Longworth. “Although you have completed the Academy, the need for training never stops. The day you think you have nothing left to learn is the day you stop being the best cop you can be.”
In addition, Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett reminded the graduates of how important their jobs are to Westchester, and congratulated them for successfully completing the demanding academic and physical challenges they faced at the academy.
“We know that the training we provide in Westchester for police recruits is second to none,” said Plunkett. “I am grateful to the Police Academy staff and the visiting instructors for preparing these new officers for the demands that lie ahead.”
The ceremony concluded with Longworth welcoming the graduates “to the Westchester law enforcement family and the greatest job in the world.”