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Latino Growth In NYPD Soars

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12:  People walk by a New York Police Department (NYPD) outpost in Times Square on August 12, 2013 in N
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: People walk by a New York Police Department (NYPD) outpost in Times Square on August 12, 2013 in New York City. The controversial policy employed by the NYPD in high crime neighborhoods known as stop and frisk has been given a severe rebuke by a federal judge on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin has appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes to the NYPD's stop and frisk tactic's after finding that it intentionally discriminates based on race. Both New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The number of Latinos in the New York Police Department has jumped dramatically, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Just over a quarter of New York City's 34,500-strong police force is Latino today, according to the Spanish-language daily -- a major jump from 1993, when only 14 percent of the city’s cops were Hispanic. NYPD held two ceremonies on Thursday, where dozens of Latinos joined the force and some rose in their ranks, the Spanish-language daily reports.

“This is something very meaningful for me and my family,” Reymundo Mundo, who rose to the rank of captain Thursday, told the paper. “I’d like to be an example so that other Hispanics keep following their dreams and know that they can reach high positions.”

NYPD’s growing latinidad comes on top of a summer of less flattering news.

A federal judge found the NYPD violated the constitutional rights of Latinos and blacks targeted under the city’s “stop-and-frisk” policy.

Officer Jessenia Guzman was reprimanded for speaking Spanish in violation of a departmental rule prohibiting languages other than English on the clock unless demanded by the job, the Daily News reported in June.

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