A husband and wife have become the first couple in NYPD history to become captains on the same day.
Alex Sarubbi-Barcia and Luis Barcia walked back to back onstage at a swearing-in ceremony at NYPD headquarters in Manhattan Friday, drawing loud cheers and applause.
The two met in 2002 as recruits in the police academy, NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said at a ceremony marking the promotions of 100 members of the force.
"It seems they might have a lot to thank the police department for, actually," O'Neill joked.
"We know that both policing and marriage require a lot of commitment," he said in a speech before the swearing-in at the NYPD headquarters in Manhattan.
"There's also nothing a little healthy competition at home," he said, then teased, "I can't wait to see who gets promoted to D.I. (deputy inspector) first."
"Luis, I don't know you but I know Alex -- I wish you best of luck in your new patrol command," O'Neill joked.
Sarubbi-Barcia's sister told the New York Post the two married four years after they met and have steadily risen through the ranks since then.
Sarubbi-Barcia works in the commissioner's office at police headquarters, and her husband is assigned to Patrol Borough Bronx.