Philly Police Department swears in largest class of cadets in a decade

Commissioner Richard Ross: 'One of the messages is about hope and compassion and perseverance.'

Kristen Johanson
June 07, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Philadelphia Police Department graduates

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Police Department graduated their largest cadet class in over a decade Thursday. More than 125 new officers were sworn in at Temple University's McGonigle Hall. 

Dressed in their blues, one by one, new police officers stepped onstage to receive a diploma and a hand shake from Commissioner Richard Ross, who addressed the crowd.

"One of the messages is about hope and compassion and perseverance," Ross said. "But it's no denying that it's a different climate."

Ross said that, with a seemingly sometimes contentious relationship with the public, he told the officers to remain tenacious and professional.

"You get the silent majority in neighborhoods all across the city, who are eager to have these men and women come out, particularly in the manner we put them out — on foot beats and on bikes — so they can engage with these communities." Ross said.

Also in the graduating class: new officers for SEPTA, Lower Makefield, and the Philadelphia Housing Authority.