THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY DISCIPLINES POLICE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN HOBOKEN BAR INCIDENT ON AUGUST 23, 2014

Date: Nov 07, 2014
Press Release Number: 226-2014

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced today that its Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) has concluded a previously announced investigation of an August 23 graduation party of its 113th police recruit class and an ensuing gathering at a bar in Hoboken, NJ that evening. The authority’s OIG interviewed more than 100 police officers, customers and staff of the bar, local police officials and others, as well as reviewing relevant videotapes, social media communications, and other electronic messages.

As a result, nine probationary police officers are being terminated, and  three additional probationary police officers are suspended for 30 days without pay and will have their probationary status extended for an additional year. In addition, three members of the Port Authority Police Academy staff who attended the events in question and two additional officers not on the Academy staff will be subject to disciplinary proceedings; three of those five officers are supervisors.

"This is a sad day for the Port Authority Police Department.  We are extremely disappointed by the conduct of the probationary officers involved and appalled by the poor judgment of the Academy staff members in attendance.  The Port Authority is justly proud of the history and dedication of its police department and views the conduct in question as deeply troubling," said Pat Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority.

In light of these developments and other concerns, the Port Authority is examining the entire candidate selection and training process to ensure that every stage is fair, focused and effective in producing officers with the skills and character necessary to carry out the critical mission of the Port Authority Police Department.

The disciplinary actions announced today were recommended by Superintendent Michael Fedorko and Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne.  Commenting on the action announced today, Port Authority Chairman John Degnan said: "Let the message be clear.  Sworn police officers will be held to a high standard of conduct befitting their roles.  The individuals who faced discipline today represent a very small percentage of a department that has otherwise distinguished itself for competence and valor."

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Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency’s network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where construction crews are building the iconic One World Trade Center, which is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the State of New York or New Jersey or from the City of New York. The agency raises the necessary funds for the improvement, construction or acquisition of its facilities primarily on its own credit. For more information, please visit http://www.panynj.gov.