PAPD Recruitment

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The Port Authority has closed its 2013 recruitment for police officer candidates and no further applications will be accepted. If you applied and took the test, your test results are available at  Use your PAN Login ID and password, which you used to apply and schedule the test, to retrieve your test results.

If you passed the exam, you are eligible for the next phase, which is a random selection from the eligible pool of candidates when the need to fill Port Authority Police Officer positions occurs. We have created a new password protected account containing your applicant information. This password protected Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account is for your use only and is the only means by which you can update your contact information with the Port Authority. (It is no longer necessary to keep your PAN testing account updated. Updates to your PAN account will not be transmitted to the Port Authority.) You should immediately login to your Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account and review the personal profile information we have on file for you to verify that it is correct and make any corrections as necessary.  

Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account Information

Information about accessing your Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account, including the link to access it, is available at My Account Information Update Instructions. Please print out these instructions for reference as they are specific for candidates for police officer positions.

All communications, schedules and invitations will be sent to the email account we have on file for you in your Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information up-to-date. Emails and correspondence that are undeliverable because of an applicant's failure to provide correct and up-to-date contact information will result in the removal of the applicant's name from the eligible pool. We recommend that you regularly check your email account and spam folder to prevent missing important communications from the Port Authority, and recommend you add as a trusted contact to avoid these instances. Your failure to respond to emails or correspondence, or to attend appointments as scheduled, will result in the removal of your name from the eligible pool.

If you did not qualify on the exam, you will not be able to login to the Port Authority Police Officer Candidate Account following these instructions. However, we encourage you to review the available job postings and follow the instructions to apply to jobs that are of interest at

Important Information About The Port Authority Police Officer Position

  • Eligibility
  • Police Officer
    Selection Process
  • Police Academy
  • Job Responsibilities
    and Compensation

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements to Participate

To be admitted into this evaluation you must meet all of the following requirements. Failure to meet and provide appropriate documentation that demonstrates fulfillment of these requirements will result in your disqualification from the Police Officer Evaluation.

Age: Candidates must be at least 19 years old to take the test.  To be appointed to the Police Academy, candidates must be at least 21 years of age and not have reached their 35th birthday at the time of appointment to the Police Academy Training Program.  If you are a Military Veteran who might be 35 years of age or older at the time of appointment to the Police Academy, for the next three (3) years, the Port Authority will allow veterans to deduct up to six (6) years of active military service from their age.

Prior Convictions and Violations: Candidates will be automatically disqualified for any of the following circumstances:

  • Convicted of a Felony or indictable criminal act.
  • Convicted of or plea agreement to any offense – Including any offense involving domestic violence - that would preclude applicant from legally owning and/or carrying a firearm. This would include any pre-trial intervention agreement that results in being legally precluded from owning/carrying a firearm.
  • Convicted of any offense involving domestic violence.
  • On probation or under indictment for an indictable offense currently or within the past twelve months.
  • Dishonorably discharged from any branch of military service.
  • Convicted more than once of any offense of driving while impaired or refusal within the last five years.
  • Guilty of any motor vehicle violation five or more times within the past two years.
  • Bench warrant issued for failing to appear in court for a motor vehicle charge or criminal charge on more than two occasions.
  • Driving privileges suspended on more than two occasions on more than two dates.
  • Convicted of selling, manufacturing or distributing any illegal Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS).
  • Engaged in unauthorized use of illegal drugs while employed in a position of public trust.
  • Used or possessed any illegal drug within the past three years.

Education: In order to take the test, you must have earned at least a high school diploma or a GED.  Further, if you pass the test, you must have completed either of the following in order to continue in the evaluation:

  1. A minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university; or
  2. An honorable discharge from the United States Military after serving a minimum of two full years of continuous active duty.

Failure to provide proof that you have satisfied either the college education or military service requirement by the date in which you are invited to participate in the process will result in your disqualification from the process and removal from the 2013 eligible list.

Citizenship: Candidates must be citizens of the United States at the time of appointment to the Police Academy Training Program.

Driver’s License: Candidates must possess a valid motor vehicle driver’s license at the time of appointment to the Police Academy Training Program.

Medical Prerequisites: Candidates must meet the medical and physical standards established by the Port Authority Office of Medical Services.

Application/Fingerprint Fees:  A $65 non-refundable/non-transferable application fee is required. In addition, candidates who are selected from the 2013 Eligible Pool for further consideration will be charged a non-refundable/non-transferable $35 fingerprint fee at the time of selection. The application and/or fingerprint fee will be waived for qualified candidates who meet the specified criteria for a payment waiver.

Police Officer Selection Process

Candidates who passed the 2013 Port authority Police Officer test are placed in an Eligible Pool. The 2013 Eligible Pool, established through the current test, will be used to meet the future needs of the Port Authority. Each time a class is needed, the Port Authority will randomly draw a number of applicants from the Eligible Pool for invitation to the remaining stages of the selection process. The full selection process is outlined below.

The Port Authority Police Officer Evaluation process includes a computer administered test, a medical examination, a background investigation, laboratory tests, a psychological evaluation (including a written test and interviews), and other components as deemed necessary.

Only those candidates who successfully complete all of the evaluation components will be considered for appointment to the Police Academy Training Program.  Only those candidates who successfully complete the academic, physical and other Police Academy requirements will be considered for appointment to the position of Port Authority Police Officer.

Background Investigation: A comprehensive background investigation will include, but is not limited to a review of the candidate’s academic, employment and entire personal history, including a fingerprint check with appropriate law enforcement agencies. Candidates must demonstrate that they are of good moral character. Any felony conviction is grounds for automatic disqualification. Candidates must not have a history of criminal or improper conduct or a history of poor employment (including performance and absence), credit rating, military or driving records, which would affect suitability for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey law enforcement work. Candidates will be required to sign appropriate authorizations and waivers that will permit full investigation and complete disclosure of personal history information. Candidates who do not report their complete background record may be disqualified. A $35 non-refundable/non-transferable finger print fee will be required of candidates who qualify on the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Officer test and are selected for further consideration.

Medical Examination: Candidates must meet the medical and physical standards established by the Port Authority Office of Medical Services including:

Body Mass Index (BMI): Candidates with a BMI of 30 or greater will be referred for further testing to evaluate cardiovascular endurance and to rule out any related health risks.

Hearing: Candidates must not have an average hearing loss in the better ear greater than 40 decibels at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz without a hearing aid for effective audio surveillance and communication.

Vision: Candidates must have uncorrected vision of no less than 20/100 in each eye, with corrected vision of no less than 20/40 in each eye for effective visual surveillance and correct identification of surrounding environment. Candidates must not have moderate or strong impairment of depth or color perception.

Candidates will be required to undergo a psychological examination, including written tests and interviews.  Candidates who successfully complete the psychological evaluation will be invited to undergo a comprehensive medical examination, which includes laboratory and diagnostic testing.  Candidates will be required to disclose their complete medical history and other appropriate information.  Those who fail to do so or fail to be truthful and honest may be disqualified.

The medical evaluation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s ability to perform the essential job functions of the position unassisted, and at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements.

Any medical condition will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if it will interfere with the candidate’s ability to perform the essential functions of a Port Authority Police Officer.

You should expect to spend an entire day at the psychological written test and at least an additional full day for the physical examination and psychological interview.  A complete history of medical information and documentation will be required, along with a comprehensive physical examination.  The psychological evaluation process will include in-depth interviews, which focus on employment, personal and social history as well as honesty traits and habits to determine your suitability as a Port Authority Police Officer.  Failure to cooperate with the medical process in any way, or failure to be truthful and honest, will result in removal from the selection process.

Police Academy Training

The Port Authority Police Academy's Basic Course for Police Officer is designed to meet the agency's goals of producing highly disciplined, motivated, competent, and service-oriented law enforcement professionals.  To effectively serve as a Port Authority Police Officer, each Recruit's knowledge and skills, both intellectually and physically, will be tested to establish that they have met the standards determined by the Police Academy. The testing process is an integral, criterion-based tool used to evaluate performance and to determine a Recruit's ability to meet the Agency's standards.

Throughout your career as a Port Authority Police Officer, you will encounter various situations that challenge your intellectual and physical fortitudes. This is especially true during your training at the Police Academy, where your performance will be evaluated in four (4) major categories.  Successful completion of the Police Academy Basic Course for Police Officer requires each Recruit to achieve a score of 70% in each of the following categories:

  1. Academics
  2. Performance Skills
  3. Supervisory Evaluations
  4. Discipline and Attitude

The Academy Curriculum, “Basic Course for Police Officer training,” is a Condition of Employment.  Recruits are required to achieve and maintain a standard level of proficiency in all of the above major categories.  If at any time during the Basic Course for Police Officer, a Recruit fails to achieve and maintain the required level of proficiency in the above stated categories, the Recruit Evaluation Board will submit a recommendation to the Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety for termination from the program.

Job Responsibilities and Compensation

The Port Authority Police have a unique mission: they protect a region and have law enforcement jurisdiction in two states.  Unlike any other police force in the country, their focus is transportation security.  The duties of Port Authority Police include criminal investigation, emergency response, K-9 security patrol, anti-terrorism, commercial vehicle inspections, directed security patrols, aircraft rescue, and fire fighting if assigned to the ARFF cadre.

Port Authority Police Officers:

  • patrol assigned posts on foot or in an automobile, in uniform or in plain clothes, to ensure the security of Port Authority facilities
  • operate emergency equipment and respond to alerts at airports and other facilities
  • perform aircraft rescue and firefighting, if assigned to the ARFF Cadre
  • effect arrests
  • administer first aid and take other related actions in emergencies
  • observe the flow of vehicular traffic and take appropriate action to prevent or clear stoppages, and prevent violations of traffic regulations
  • direct the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic at or in the vicinity of a facility
  • enforce traffic regulations
  • issue summonses and charges against violators of municipal and state statutes
  • give testimony as required
  • perform other related duties as assigned

The physical requirements of the Police Officer role include:

  • working outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • walking and/or standing in an assigned post during a tour
  • driving or sitting in a patrol car during a tour while remaining alert
  • running after fleeing suspects
  • climbing up and down stairs
  • carrying injured persons with assistance
  • restraining persons to prevent escape
  • effectively utilizing police equipment such as, but not limited to, handcuffs, batons, and self contained breathing apparatus
  • remaining physically active for prolonged periods of time
  • understanding verbal communication over the radio with background noise
  • reading and writing under low light conditions
  • carrying or wearing heavy equipment and/or a bulletproof vest

The roles/responsibilities include duties that necessitate irregular work hours. Decision-making in a high-pressure environment and the ability to convey a sense of control and organization is crucial. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary.

Compensation: Starting salary is $32,361, with contractual step increases to $90,000 after completing five years of service (based on the current contract).

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This announcement, and related links, are intended to provide a source of information concerning the 2013 Port Authority Police Officer recruitment. This information is subject to change as deemed necessary by the Port Authority. This announcement is not to be construed as a promise by the Port Authority, nor in any way intended to be interpreted as, or serve as, a contract of employment or a contract of terms and conditions of employment. The Port Authority remains free to unilaterally change and/or set forth additional information governing the matters contained herein. The Port Authority continues to have the absolute right to revise the evaluation procedures whenever a change is needed.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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