NYPD welcomes 1,257 new officers at graduation ceremony

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NEW YORK - The NYPD graduated 1,257 new officers Friday at a ceremony at Madison Square Garden.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bratton spoke at the ceremony.

De Blasio said the new graduates had received the "most sophisticated, most advanced training of any class."

He also said that the size of the NYPD has greatly increased, with 2,000 more officers planned to be on the street by the end of this year.

Bratton said the department has made advance training for the new graduates an important goal in order to  prepare the officers for what they will face.

"The training that we have given to you is intended, to the best of our ability, to prepare you for what you will face," Bratton said.

"We have totally revamped the training you have received," Bratton said. "We believe it is the best this nation has to offer."

"What we seek to achieve is a city that is safe and fair, everywhere for every one," Bratton said.

For one new officer, the ceremony was special for yet another reason.

Officer Peter Frantzen proposed to his now-fiancée after the graduation ceremony.