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JERSEY CITY, NJ – Seventeen recruits graduating from the police academy, including two Filipino Americans, were sworn into the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) at a ceremony inside City Council Chambers recently. They were joined by Mayor Steven M. Fulop, Public Safety Director James Shea, and Police Director Tawana Moody.
According to the mayor’s office, 667 new officers have been hired under Fulop’s administration, growing the JCPD not only in size but also in diversifying the ranks, with minorities now making up 75 percent of all officers department-wide. The two Filipino American police officers are Gabriel Josue and Kristoffer Lizaso.
“We’re not only growing the department in size, but we’re also recruiting quality candidates from within the community that best reflects Jersey City’s diversity. I want to thank our newest officers for their perseverance through months of difficult training and for remaining committed to maintaining public safety throughout Jersey City for the rest of their careers,” said Mayor Fulop. “I have complete confidence the officers sworn in today will be tremendous assets to further build upon our overall commitment to the safety and quality of life for our entire community.”
The new officers will increase police presence and walking patrols, community outreach, crime deterrence, and diversity recruitment initiatives.
“Our diversity recruitment efforts have already proven to be immensely helpful when our officers are responding to people’s homes for emergencies, for establishing community relations, and for residents’ overall quality of life,” said Director Shea. “We recognize there is still plenty of more work that needs to be done to combat crime, and these are the types of initiatives that are leading us in the right direction.”
The next class is scheduled to start the police academy this month with 38 new police recruits.