By: Richard L. Smith
The Honorable Mayor Steven M. Fulop, members of the City Council, Director of Public Safety James Shea, Police Director Tawana Moody and Jersey City police officers welcomed 15 recruits who recently graduated from the police academy to join New Jersey’s largest municipal police department.
Notably, 14 of the 15 newest JCPD members represent minority populations.
“With today’s class, we mark an important milestone as nearly all newly sworn police officers are minorities, representing Jersey City’s unique diversity.
In fact, 14 of the 15 new officers grew up in the very community they swore to serve when they took today’s oath,” said Mayor Fulop.
“To the new officers, you are joining the best police department anywhere.
We are proud of our police officers and the work they do every day in Jersey City. Our officers serve honorably. They have made the city safer.
They are an example to the rest of the state and this country of what a police department can be.”
Mayor Fulop has made public safety a priority since the start of his administration, with a clear focus on diversifying the department to better reflect the Jersey City community.
As a result, since 2013, the Fulop Administration has hired a total of 777 police officers – nearly 75% of whom are minorities.
The newest JCPD recruits sworn in today include 10 Hispanic officers, four women, 1 Egyptian officer and 1 of Guyanese descent.
“Our officers are out in the community every single day, and the fact that they look and sound like the residents they help is a win-win for everyone.
As we have transformed the department over the past ten years with greater diversity, we have seen incredible improvements, especially in police/community relations,” added Director Shea.
To date, the Fulop Administration has hired more officers and made more promotions than any other administration in decades.
As a result, minority populations are now represented in all ranks throughout the department.