THE PORT AUTHORITY OF NY & NJ

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PORT AUTHORITY SUSPENDS NON-MANDATORY TRAINING PROVIDED AT AGENCY'S POLICE ACADEMY

Date: Nov 13, 2014
Press Release Number: 230-2014

The Port Authority announced today that it has suspended all non-mandatory training at its Jersey City-based Police Academy, pending a top-to-bottom review of its operations and training practices.

The decision to suspend training was made based on past and ongoing investigations conducted by the agency's Office of the Inspector General. Eleven officers assigned to the academy – including a lieutenant – have been transferred effective immediately to other Port Authority commands.

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, inclusive and effective in producing officers with the skills and character necessary to carry out the critical mission of the Port Authority Police Department.

During the review, the academy will continue to provide mandatory police firearms requalification training, Aircraft, Rescue, Firefighter training and domestic violence refresher training.

No new Port Authority Police Department recruit classes will commence until the review is complete.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
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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.