Phillip Santana, 30, popped the question to girlfriend Jennifer Guzman after graduating from the Police Academy.
The officer pretended to be interviewed by WPIX about his new role as a cop. The reporter then asked Santana to spell his name and that of his fiancee.
Santana replied with feigned surprise, “Fiancee? Well, you know what?”
He turned to a fellow recruit who presented him with a ring box, got down on one knee and proposed to his high school sweetheart. The couple, who have been together for five years, have a two-year-old son Alexander.
Santana said he’d had this moment planned, “Ever since I fell in love with her.”