Date: Apr 25, 2002
Press Release Number: 51-2002
More than 80 new Port Authority Police officers - the first recruits since the September 11 terrorist attacks - will graduate from the Port Authority Police Academy on Friday, April 26. The graduation will take place at the academy\'s new location, Fairleigh Dickinson University in Hackensack, N.J., at 10 a.m. at The Rothman Center.
Charles D. DeRienzo, the Port Authority\'s new Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety, will welcome the graduates - joining federal, state and local law enforcement officials from New York and New Jersey.
Superintendent DeRienzo succeeds the late Superintendent Fred V. Morrone, who was killed in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. During Friday\'s graduation ceremony, Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams will announce the first recipient of a new scholarship named for Superintendent Morrone.
Today\'s graduates are the first recruits since 37 Port Authority Police officers and commanders lost their lives in the terrorist attacks - the largest loss of life by a police department on a single day in U.S. history.
The 1,300-member Port Authority Police Department patrols the region\'s major transportation facilities - including Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia airports, the PATH system and the region\'s ports, bus terminals, bridges and tunnels.