Philadelphia graduates latest class of police recruits [photos]

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New police officers will be hitting the streets of Philadelphia following ceremonies Friday.

Just over three dozen recruits were sworn in to protect and serve the citizens of Philadelphia as the newest members of the police force.  Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the new recruits have to understand their position is more than just what they see on television.

“What you need to remember, irrespective of neighborhood, people all across this city know that they want and need this service,” he said. “They know that your presence makes a difference, and I don’t ever want you to forget that.”

Mayor Jim Kenney told the newly minted officers that he admires their service to the city.

“Public service is one of the most rewarding of vocations.” he said. “And within the realm of public service, the uniform ranks are the highest form of public service.”

The mayor spoke of how proud he was to be the son of a city firefighter.

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