Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano swore in a new class of police recruits last week, upon their graduation from the Nassau County Police Academy.
A ceremony held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City began with the singing of the National Anthem by an NCPD sergeant; an Invocation by Department Chaplain Reverend Joseph J. D’Angelo; and Remarks by Class Representative – Police Officer Lily M. Vazquez.
The recruits completed 6 months of intense basic training at the Police Academy and of the 61 graduating, 57 are now members of the Nassau County Police Department and 4 are graduating to Village Departments. (Hempstead, Freeport and Sands Point.) 21 of the graduates have prior law enforcement experience, 6 have prior military experience and 6 are females.
County Executive Mangano thanked the new officers for choosing to “join these invaluable forces and for your commitment to a career in both law enforcement and public service.”
“Each of you and your families should be extremely proud of your accomplishments,” he told those gathered at the ceremony. “Law enforcement is a very difficult and often a dangerous one. It demands the utmost professionalism, vigilance and a distinct skill set.”
The graduates now join their fellow officers as the first line in “maintaining order, safety and security of Nassau County,” Mangano said, thanking them for – and congratulating them on – their new journey.
“Your job will be quite demanding at times, but I expect that you will find it to also be both personally and professionally rewarding,” the County Executive said as he addressed the new 2015 class of officers. “To the family and friends of our newest officers, I thank you for the support and encouragement you have given them through their preparation for this tough job. The men and women you see here tonight are well-prepared to assume their duties, but they will require your unwavering love and support each day. I thank you for encouraging and standing by these graduates who have chosen to provide a very important public service to their village and this County.”