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Bloomberg Touts Record Low Murder Rate As New Cops Sworn In

CBS Local News New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - As he swore in the NYPD’s newest class of recruits Friday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city’s murder rate is at an all-time low. There were 414 of them so far in 2012.

That’s the lowest number since reliable records starting being kept in 1963.

“Murders are down almost 19 percent this year compared to last year. They are down 35 percent from where they were 11 years ago,” Bloomberg said at the Barclays Center ceremony.

He credited police tactics with the reduction in crime, including thecontroversial stop-and-frisk program.

“Crime has continued to come down and the fact that when we stop and frisk today, you find fewer guns, that shows you that it’s working,” he said.

Shootings are also at a record low, with 1,353 in 2012, an eight percent drop from 2011.

“We stop at nothing to try to keep everybody safe in this city and we will continue to do that,” he said.

But Bloomberg said one shooting is one too many.

“That’s why I am doing everything I can to push Washington to adopt common sense gun laws that will protect our communities and these guys and women so they can come home safe every night,” he said.

NYPD Graduation Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - Dec. 28, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

NYPD Graduation Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn – Dec. 28, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

1,159 new members of the New York City police force graduated today.

“Today’s graduates have chosen one of the toughest, most demanding and one of the most important jobs there is,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “New York’s finest, including the new police officers sworn in today, are admired the world over and are the reason New York can call itself the nation’s safest big city.”

“You are taking your place among a law enforcement team that is second to none,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. “Your fellow officers have driven crime down by 32 percent over the last decade, and secured for New York City the fewest number of homicides in more than half a century. We’re counting on you to help build on this impressive legacy.”

NYPD Graduation Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn - Dec. 28, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

NYPD Graduation Ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn – Dec. 28, 2012 (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Over 40 percent of this graduating class are college graduates; 467 have earned their bachelor’s degrees and 47 hold advanced degrees, including three juris doctors.

76 six of the new officers served in the U.S. military and 109 previously served the City in other capacities including as NYPD Police Cadets, School Safety Agents, Traffic Enforcement Agents, and other civil service titles.

The class is 84 percent male and 16 percent female; 53 percent white, 12 percent black, 25 percent Hispanic, 9 percent Asian, and 1 percent other. Approximately one in five new police officers immigrated to the United States from 46 different countries. The members of this class speak 58 different foreign languages.

The countries represented are:

Albania
Guatemala
Peru
Antigua & Barbuda
Guyana
Philippines
Bangladesh
Haiti
Poland
Barbados
Honduras
Romania
Belarus
Hong Kong (China)
Russia
Bosnia And Herzegovina
India
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Brazil
Italy
Slovakia
China
Jamaica
Somalia
Colombia
Kazakhstan
Thailand
Dominican Republic
South Korea
Trinidad & Tobago
Ecuador
Latvia
Turkey
Egypt
Mexico
Ukraine
El Salvador
Montenegro
United States
Germany
Nicaragua
Uzbekistan
Ghana
Nigeria
Venezuela
Grenada
Pakistan
Yemen

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5 Responses to Bloomberg Touts Record Low Murder Rate As New Cops Sworn In

  1. Eomer says:

    Sounds more like a list of UN troops.

    • Angel-NYC says:

      I was struck by the list of countries, as well. Then, I remembered a speech he gave last November where he stated “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh-biggest army in the world.” He added “I have my own State Department, to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the U.N. in New York, so we have entrée into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have.”

  2. NC says:

    In regards to the picture above:

    These cops look like scared Spaceball officers standing in line, hoping that Lord Helmet (AKA Mayor Bloomberg) won’t zap them in the balls.

    In regards to the article:

    Why are there so many officers who can speak so many different languages and why do they list them? Trying to promote that Globalization? Listing of undercover UN Troops? Maybe they should hire me. I speak Japanese and Mandarin Chinese (Not Hong Kong). They don’t have a cop that can speak those two. I might be a perfect fit. Now if only I can learn how to molest someone without feeling guilty.

    “Over 40 percent of this graduating class are college graduates; 467 have earned their bachelor’s degrees and 47 hold advanced degrees, including three juris doctors.

    76 six of the new officers served in the U.S. military and 109 previously served the City in other capacities including as NYPD Police Cadets, School Safety Agents, Traffic Enforcement Agents, and other civil service titles.”

    BAHAHAAHAAHAAHA!!! Let me put it this way, if you have an “advanced degree”,

    1. You wouldn’t be telling everyone you have an “advanced degree” because that just sounds so high schoolish.

    2. Even if you did have an “advanced degree”, you would probably tell people or be more specific on what advance degree you have.

    3. Even if you did have an “advance degree”, and you did tell people what it was, I can clearly tell you that you probably didn’t do well or try hard because being a cop (especially an NYPD cop – the most hated cops in America) would be the LAST job offer you’d want to take.

    Also, if you have truly served in the U.S. military, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING WORKING FOR THE NYPD? Must be those young 4 year contract army or national guard veterans who probably have never seen combat nor understand what is truly going on in the world around them.

    Finally, I agree with Eomer. These guys in their pathetic Nazi police uniforms look like a bunch of U.N. Troops mixed with some Mossad spies.

    They should call them “BLOOMBERG’S ARMY”. Dedicated to the King of New York. Pee-Wee must be very proud of his private army. I think Hitler would be jealous.

  3. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “But Bloomberg said one shooting is one too many.”

    Including the ones by NYPD?

    This one’s not as ludicrous as the the next Bloominidiot article up.

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