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De Blasio gives pep talk to NYPD recruits

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de blasio bratton Credit: Mayor Bill De Blasio shakes hands with Bill Bratton. (Anthony Lanzilote)

Mayor Bill de Blasio sought Thursday to reassure the NYPD that he respects its work after winning election as a vocal critic of the department, telling a class of 650 police recruits “there is literally no higher calling than protecting others.”

He swore in the recruits at Queens College — his first such ceremony since becoming mayor.

“You happen to be joining the most dedicated, the most effective, the most celebrated police force in this entire world,” he told the recruits.

De Blasio has promised that he will drop Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that found stop-and-frisk tactic in many cases discriminated against minorities.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, appointed to replace Kelly, said in an earlier news conference yesterday that currently, both stop-and-frisk rates and crime rates are low.

Speaking to the recruits during the ceremony, Bratton said the mayor is “committed first and foremost to the issue of public safety.”

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