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NYPD's Graduates Diverse Class of Officers

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The NYPD graduated a diverse class of rookie officers Monday.

Minorities make up more than half of the more than 600 who graduated from the police academy and nearly 20 percent are women.

The new officers are from 47 different countries.

The mayor talked up the diversity during his graduation speech.

"Each of you has a unique personal story, but what unites you is you ran the course and you won the race and you went through to the finish and now, that gives us the blessing of your service to this city," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Meanwhile, Police Commissioner William Bratton says he expects the group to help the city be more secure.

"It is the safest it has ever been. And with the addition of you—all 607 of you today—we will move forward through the summer and the fall, so that at the end of the year it will be even safer," Bratton said.

Bratton says police department is committed to keeping young New Yorkers from pursuing a life of crime.

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