27 new officers sworn into Yonkers Police DepartmentPosted: Updated:
Over two dozen new officers were sworn into the Yonkers Police Department Thursday.
Twenty-seven police applicants received their badges and became probationary officers at a ceremony at the Yonkers Public Library.
The auditorium was filled with family members, friends, future police colleagues and former police officers. Selected family members also came up to the stage with the applicants to have their badges pinned.
The recruits will complete 21 weeks of intense training at the Westchester Police Academy, where they’ll learn about community policing, police tactics and physical fitness training.
Police Commissioner John Mueller says teamwork is the key to success at the academy.
Mayor Mike Spano told the new recruits that they are about to work for a police department that many envy. "They all want to talk about policing, but they really believe that this is a shining example of what departments should look like all across America and many people want to ask that question, 'what's going on now. How is it that your department operates the way they do.' And so… I'm very, very proud of you."
Once they successfully complete the academy, they'll get additional training at the Yonkers Police Department before being assigned to their patrols.
The recruits start their training Jan. 6.