The New York City Police Department graduated 69 Traffic Enforcement Agents Friday in a ceremony at Police Headquarters. The new agents will be assigned throughout the five boroughs.
“Mayor de Blasio instituted 'Vision Zero'—a traffic safety initiative targeting vehicle crash injuries in New York City. Traffic Enforcement Agents will play an essential role in this initiative, and the Department depends on your efforts to make zero traffic fatalities a reality,” Police Commissioner Bratton said.
Among the graduates was Dhanadeva K. Waragoda, son-in-law of Traffic Enforcement Agent Kalyanarat Ranasinghe, who was struck and killed by a truck in Midtown Manhattan in November 2013 while on-duty. He was assigned his father-in-law’s shield, #1159.
The graduates join a force of over 2,500 agents. Traffic Enforcement Agents are uniformed, civilian personnel of the Department whose work includes directing traffic, controlling busy intersections and parking enforcement. They must pass 12 weeks of training prior to being assigned to posts throughout New York City.