Press Release Article


Date: Jul 27, 2017
Press Release Number: 144-2017

Class is first to receive specialized training in recognizing and providing assistance to people with Alzheimer’s disease

The Port Authority will welcome 83 new police officers to the ranks of the Port Authority Police Department this Friday, July 28, following graduation of the 115th Police Academy class and a swearing-in ceremony at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J.

During their 26 weeks at the academy, the graduating officers became the first Police Academy class to receive training from the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, in order to recognize cognitive impairment and better assist local and international travelers. The new training component is part of an enhanced program that is transforming the way cadets are trained.

Earlier this year, the PAPD reformed the way it recruits, evaluates, selects and trains police candidates, after an internal review and input from outside experts. As part of the new process, the PAPD has updated its website to provide important information to potential recruits. Those interested in joining the department are encouraged to access the website through

In addition, recruits learned the laws of both New York and New Jersey, and received instruction in police procedure, firearms usage, counter-terrorism techniques and First Aid. New officers also are being trained on computer tablets that will enable them to be more proactive and to focus increasingly on more tactical, interactive and situational training scenarios.

"This graduating class has chosen one of the most demanding and critical jobs in law enforcement today," said Port Authority Acting Chief Security Officer John Bilich. “The PAPD is the reason our airports, tunnels, bridges and transportation systems operate at such a high level of safety and security.”

The newest class includes 73 college graduates and seven military veterans, while 36 graduates have prior law enforcement experience. In a continuing effort to build departmental diversity and enhance communication with the public, the officers speak a total of 11 different languages, including American Sign Language. Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans make up 29 percent of the graduating class.

“Our new officers are taking their place on a law enforcement team that is second to none,” said PAPD Superintendent Michael Fedorko. “Port Authority police officers are among the best-trained police officers in the country. Millions of travelers who pass through our facilities every day are safer with the addition of these new members of the department.”

With a force of about 1,800 officers, the PAPD is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the agency's land, sea, air and rail facilities, which include three major airports, four bi-state bridges and two tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the PATH rail system, the regional ports in New York and New Jersey and the 16-acre World Trade Center site.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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