Date: Jun 29, 2001
Press Release Number: 96-2001
After completing a rigorous in-residence training program, 59 recruits were sworn in as the newest police officers of the Port Authority Police Department at a graduation ceremony today at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
In addition to the daily physical training regimen required by the 21-week program, recruits also learned computer skills, water-rescue skills, conversational Spanish, and use of portable heart defibrillators to revive victims of cardiac arrest.
\"These graduates now join one of the truly elite police forces in the world,\" said Port Authority Executive Director Neil D. Levin. \"The Port Authority Police Training Academy has prepared these officers with specialized training so they can handle all manner of emergencies, whether on an airport tarmac, at a seaport, on a bridge or in a tunnel. The classroom and hands-on education these recruits received certifies their status as first responders during medical emergencies and equips the men and women graduating today with crucial knowledge of crash-fire-rescue techniques.\"
Mr. Levin administered the oath to the new officers in front of their families and friends, as well as representatives of local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies.
Port Authority Chairman Lewis M. Eisenberg, who also spoke to the graduates at today\'s ceremony, said, \"More than 400 million travelers utilize the Port Authority’s facilities in New York and New Jersey every year, and their safety, which is of utmost concern to the Port Authority, is in good hands thanks to the police force these 59 men and women join today.\"
Fred V. Morrone, the Port Authority\'s Director of Public Safety and Superintendent of Police, said, “The course just completed by these recruits is among the most intensive in the world. I am confident in their abilities – and the abilities of all our officers – to protect and serve the traveling public.\"
The recruits completed their training under the command of Police Capt. Kathy N. Mazza – the first woman commandant in the history of the Port Authority Police Academy.
The Port Authority Police Department is the nation\'s 26th largest law-enforcement agency, with more than 1,300 sworn personnel. Port Authority Police officers patrol Kennedy International, Newark International and LaGuardia airports, the agency\'s four interstate bridges and two tunnels, the World Trade Center, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, marine terminals in both states and the PATH interstate rapid transit system.
The Port Authority Police also provide aircraft rescue and firefighting at the three major airports.