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First-year cops are arriving this week

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am

Sixteen new recruits have arrived this week at the 106th and 102nd precincts in South Queens.

The new cops, reporting to their first assignments out of the Police Academy, “are much needed,” the 106th Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Brian Bohannan, told a meeting of the Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic Association last week.

Each precinct got eight recruits, officials said.

“They’ve all been here before, for two weeks of field training,” said Deputy Inspector Courtney Nilan, commander of the 102nd Precinct.

“When I was in the academy, you didn’t find out where you were being assigned until the last day.”

That practice was changed two years ago and now new recruits are given a few weeks to get to know their new precincts before graduation.

“That way they’re not totally blind when they show up,” Nilan said.

The new recruits will replace officers who have retired, been promoted or been transferred out to new jobs.

All the new recruits are expected to be formally introduced at Precinct Community Council meetings in November.

The NYPD has, in recent years, graduated four classes of new recruits a year.

But precincts usually only get new officers once or twice a year, depending on vacancies.

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