New York Police Dept recruits many Guyanese

Last Updated on Tuesday, 1 July 2014, 1:43 by GxMedia

Mayor Bill de Blasio talks to a class of police recruits on the roof of the Police Academy Tuesday, April 8

Guyanese make up the second highest number of recruits by the New York Police Department (NYPD), according to the New York Daily News.

The publication says nearly a quarter of the NYPD’s newest batch of cops are foreign born, with the Dominican Republic leading the way as the most popular birthplace.

On Monday, 616 recruits will graduate after six months of training at the police academy.

They hail from 49 countries, with 24 born in the Dominican Republic, according to statistics obtained by the Daily News.

The second most popular birth country is Guyana, with 11 recruits. Ten recruits are from Bangladesh and eight hail from Trinidad and Tobago.

But 26 countries, from Azerbaijan to Yemen, are represented by just one new recruit, the statistics show.

In total, 138 of the recruits were born outside the United States, or about one in four, similar to classes in recent years.