Twenty-seven-and-a-half percent of the recruits sworn in at the New York Police Academy on Thursday are Hispanic.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly presided at the swearing in ceremony for the 830 recruits who will complete their training and graduate next summer.

Non-Hispanic whites make up 49 percent of the 830 recruits, while 13 percent are African Americans and 10 percent are Asian, according to the press release issued by the mayor's office.

Bloomberg emphasized during the ceremony that the city had just completed the safest decade in its history, according to crime statistics, "and I have no doubt that this group, as diverse as the city they serve, will help to continue improving" upon that record.

He noted that last year the work of the police resulted in the city having the lowest number of murders by firearms in two decades, along with a decrease in shootouts registered in the Big Apple. EFE