Captain Christopher Manson welcomed 13 new officers to the staff this last week; 10 from the Bronx, two from Brooklyn and one from Queens.
According to Manson, the new additions won't necessarily add more feet on the pavement, but they will fill the shoes of officers who have seen transfers, promotions and retirements over the last several months.
“It’s making up for what we lose throughout the year,” Manson said. “During the course of the next six months, I’m going to lose seven or eight more cops, so it’s just normal.”
Many of the new officers have all been on the job for the past year, and all have completed six months in the academy.
“Between them, they have over 300 arrests, so they’re not rookies just out of the academy,” Manson boasted.
With new officers from Haiti, Egypt, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Poland, India and Korea, Manson added the importance of having an ethnically diverse staff.
“We got one guy who is from Jersey,” he added.
Officer Randy Paulsaint, 27, was one of the officers who joined the ranks in Ridgewood, transferred to his new post from the 73rd Precinct in Brownsville, where he said there was a big focus on active and aggressive drug enforcement.
“We had a lot of robberies, a lot of assaults working on the rape cases to help find the suspect, and that’s the kind of person they wanted here,” Paulsaint said. “Here it’s a little slower paced.”
The Queensborough Community College graduate and Flushing native said no matter what neighborhood he is in, becoming part of the community is his number one goal.
“It’s more laid back, people wise, and it’s a change of pace for me,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to being out in the community.”