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Westchester Police Academy Celebrates Graduation Of 45 New Officers

Jordan M. Foley, one of 45 of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy. Foley is employed by the New Rochelle Police Department.
Jordan M. Foley, one of 45 of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy. Foley is employed by the New Rochelle Police Department. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
One of 45 of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy.during ceremonies Friday at SUNY Purchase.
One of 45 of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy.during ceremonies Friday at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Some of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy applaud of their fellow officers on Friday during ceremonies at SUNY Purchase.
Some of the newest graduates of the Westchester County Police Academy applaud of their fellow officers on Friday during ceremonies at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Christopher N. Pascale was one of the 45 newest police officers to complete training at the Westchester County Police Academy. He's shown here during graduation ceremonies at SUNY Purchase.
Christopher N. Pascale was one of the 45 newest police officers to complete training at the Westchester County Police Academy. He's shown here during graduation ceremonies at SUNY Purchase. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Forty-five new police officers were welcomed into law enforcement Friday during graduation ceremonies at SUNY Purchase.

But the 142nd session of the Westchester County Police Academy was warned that 2016 has turned out to be among the deadliest for American police officers. Nationwide, 137 were killed on duty this year, up from 113 all of last year. Deaths by gunfire are up 68 percent: 64 so far this year compared to 38 in 2015.

Westchester County Police Commissioner George N. Longworth said, "We demanded their best – and they gave it to us. If they hadn’t, they wouldn’t be here today."

"You are entering law enforcement in a year that has been an especially dangerous one for our profession. Across our country, we have seen a large spike in the number of officers seriously injured or slain by gunfire," Longworth said.

"These incidents are a stark reminder of the dangers that you face in the profession you have chosen as your life’s work. It is difficult to hear these things at a time of celebration, on a day when we want you to know how proud we are of you. But we cannot send you from the Police Academy to our streets without a candid reminder of the times we live in," Longworth said.

"The good news, however, is this: you have received the best training there is. You are prepared to handle whatever might come your way."

Here is a list of Friday's police academy graduates by the municipality or department they will be working for.

Dobbs Ferry

Stephen M. Betz, John Broccoli and Bryan T. Raffa.

Greenburgh

Taylor D. Braig, Brian P. Doherty and Craig L. Thomas.

Harrison

Matias A. Alves, Joseph DeFonce, Richard J. Light and  Christopher N. Pascale

Mamaroneck (Village)

Walter A. Reyes

Mount Vernon

Michael A. Barnes, Clinton A. Boxhill, Clinton A. Malik L. Burts, Diana I. Figueiredo, Jonathan J. Garcia, Micaela S. Henry, Chanti M. Johnson, Joseph A. Lowe, Charles A. Rizzo, Victoria E. Waddell and Timothy L. Zalesny

New Rochelle

Jordan M. Foley

North Castle

Sean L. McGrail and Robert P. Mifsud

Ossining (Village)

Anthony J. Perillo, Joseph A. Rinaldi and Andrea K. Zambrano

Pelham

Kevin M. O'Connor

Rye

Rosemarie Agostinelli

Tuckahoe

Steven J. McCann

White Plains

Salvatore J. Maniscalco III

Yonkers

Evan D. Belluscio, Douglas Clayton, Denis M. Delango, John D. Detone, Theresa L. Donohue, Patrick M. Greene, Michael A. Heath, Jamal D. McCown, Vincent L. Reda, Michael J. Vataj and James J. Waldron.

Also graduating from the police academy and employed by the Westchester County District Attorney's Office was Michael J. Gabriel. Another graduate, Jeruzelski Z. Goy, will work as a special narcotics prosecutor.

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