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The NYPD will add another 900 cops over the next two months to reach the headcount reduced by this year’s budget cuts, the city’s top cop said Monday.
“The establishment of this new class is welcome news as these officers will begin the 2021 calendar year by continuing the Department’s mission to engage with the community while zeroing in on the drivers of crime,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.
The recruits will start entering the academy on a rolling basis starting Dec. 29 and ending in February.
“Once they graduate, every single one of these officers will play a critical role in neighborhood policing and ensuring residents in all five boroughs experience the level of public safety they deserve,” Shea added.
After budget cuts due to the pandemic, the NYPD canceled its July police academy class to reduce its headcount.
Another class was added in November to make up for attrition in the ranks over 2020.
As of Monday, the total number of uniformed officers on the force was 34,184.
In 2019, the NYPD had roughly 36,900 officers.
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