Police Academy Graduation

Sunday, September 20, 1942

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

The Very Reverend Joseph McCaffrey, Catholic chaplain of the NYPD give the invocation, followed by the singing of the Lord's Prayer. Next, Reverend John H. Johnson, Episcopal chaplain for the NYPD presents a wartime prayer. The patrolmen are sworn in, and congratulated on the completion of their 6 month training program. He goes on to give a speech regarding the duties of the officers.

Mayor La Guardia then addresses the graduates. He reminds them that despite finishing school, they do not know everything just yet. La Guardia speaks of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He notes his order that all Americans of Japanese origin to go to their homes and stay there. He reminds the men that the city must constantly stay prepared for attack. La Guardia tells the men that they are always on duty - they must be ready to respond and minute of the day or night. He charges the men to keep clean lives, and stay fit. There is no room in the police department for a rummy or a gambler.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8527


Fiorello H. La Guardia


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