The City of Newark welcomed 92 new police recruits into training at a public ceremony at Cathedral Basilica of Sacred Heart in Newark today.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to welcome new recruits after the limitations presented by COVID-19 last year,” Mayor Baraka said.
“These men and women are entering the Newark Police Division at an opportune time, when positive police reforms are already in place and when community-police partnerships are increasingly building bridges of trust and transparency.”
“Welcoming 92 men and women into the ranks is important for ensuring that we maintain an adequate number of officers to patrol our neighborhoods,” Director Ambrose said.
“Newark residents deserve a robust police presence, which means that our ranks must be regularly replenished. We are thankful that we are able to convene this class of recruits this year, following the indefinite delays presented by the coronavirus last year.”
The new officers will be trained by members of the Essex County Police Training Academy in Cedar Grove. The class comprises 71 males and 21 females.
The diverse group includes 25 African-Americans, 44 Hispanics and 23 White recruits.