Press Release Article


Date: Oct 26, 2012
Press Release Number: 147-2012

32-year NYPD Veteran Will Oversee Agency’s First Security Department

Following an extensive search led by the nationally recognized security firm, The Chertoff Group, the Port Authority today announced it is hiring Joseph P. Dunne, a long time veteran of the New York City Police Department (NYPD), as the agency’s first ever Chief Security Officer (CSO). Mr. Dunne will serve as the chief executive of a newly created Security Department within the bistate agency. He is slated to start with the agency in early November.

In his new role, Mr. Dunne will be responsible for developing, implementing, assisting, and auditing security programs across the Port Authority, including line departments and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). Under his direction, the agency’s new Security Department will centralize the agency’s entire security structure, increase security efforts at the agency’s facilities, coordinate with other law enforcement entities, and formalize lines of responsibilities and operational and cost control over the organization.

As the new Chief Security Officer, Mr. Dunne will directly manage the Port Authority Police Department, which includes 1,700 uniformed members. The PAPD is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all of the agency’s land, sea, air and rail facilities. This includes five airports, four bi-state bridges and two tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the PATH rail system, and the regional ports in New York and New Jersey.

During Mr. Dunne’s distinguished 32-year career with the NYPD, he rose through the ranks from a rookie patrol officer in Brooklyn to Chief of the Department, to second in command of the then 50,000-member agency. In his role as First Deputy Commissioner of the NYPD, Mr. Dunne served as the chief official in charge of budgetary, management and personnel functions. He was closely involved in the emergency response to the attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

After retiring from the NYPD in December 2001, Mr. Dunne joined UBS Wealth Management as a managing director, heading security services in the Americas and Puerto Rico. Most recently, he served as a consultant to city and state agencies in security related matters, including the City of New York.

“From the outset, the security of our facilities and the millions of people who use them has been a priority matter for me,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “From day one, I believed it was imperative that we ramp up our efforts to increase security. Security has to be our top priority, and our selection of Joe Dunne is a key step in our efforts to secure our facilities and protect the customers we serve.”

“As a committed hands-on leader with more than 30 years of experience in all facets of law enforcement, Mr. Dunne brings a wealth of experience in protecting millions of people who live in the region,” said Port Authority Vice Chairman Scott Rechler. “I am confident Mr. Dunne will strengthen the PAPD and help our security personnel to more effectively perform their duties.”

“Recruiting an experienced and highly skilled chief security officer is an important step forward in our overall reform effort,” said Port Authority Commissioner James P. Rubin, chair of the Board’s Security Committee. “Mr. Dunne is the perfect choice to reform the agency’s safety and security operations.”

“Our agency’s number one priority is the safety of the hundreds of millions of people who use the Port Authority’s facilities each year,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “I have the utmost confidence that Joseph Dunne will serve this agency honorably and will significantly enhance, streamline and coordinate our security efforts to better protect the public and to help with our ongoing efforts to reform the Police Department.”

“Joseph Dunne is a proven leader,” said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “Throughout his more than 40 years of experience, he has demonstrated the many qualities we looked for during our search for a Chief Security Officer: leadership, management skills and the ability to streamline and coordinate security efforts within large and complex organizations.”

“I am honored to be selected as the Port Authority’s first-ever Chief Security Officer,” said Joseph P. Dunne. “My solitary focus is to ensure that the agency’s facilities and the hundreds of millions of people who use them each year are safe and secure. Port Authority leadership has made it clear to me that security is the number one priority. Together, with the men and women of the PAPD, we will achieve leadership’s mandate to strengthen and streamline the agency’s commitment to public safety.”

“The selection of Joseph Dunne as Chief Security Officer by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is an important step forward in strengthening and unifying security operations across the agency,” said Michael Chertoff, chairman of The Chertoff Group. “Joe's 32-year career in the New York City Police Department, from patrol officer to Chief of Department, will be invaluable as he works to build clear lines of authority, stronger accountability and improved coordination not only within the Port Authority and among its frontline personnel, but with important partners across the region.”

“Joseph Dunne is an exemplary public servant with a long and distinguished law enforcement career who understands the challenges in protecting our regions critical infrastructure,” said NJ Transit Police Chief and former PAPD Chief of Department Chris Trucillo. “Joe's proven leadership and commitment to excellence, as well as the men and women under his command will only help to strengthen the already strong tradition of the 1700 men and women of the PAPD—and the agency's commitment to the safety of the region.”

“Throughout his decorated career in law enforcement, Joseph Dunne has shown exemplary leadership and consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety and security of the people of New York and his fellow officers,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “His dedication to public service is unwavering, and he will bring that commitment to the Port Authority, where he will succeed in enhancing the security of millions of people throughout the region.”

“Joseph Dunne is a man of honor and integrity who has exhibited strong leadership skills throughout his thirty-plus years protecting the public,” said former NYPD Commissioner William “Bill” Bratton. “During my time as Commissioner of the NYPD, Joseph was a key member of my team, helping to dramatically lower crime throughout New York City. He will be a terrific asset to the Port Authority and will be instrumental in streamlining and improving the agency’s security infrastructure.”

Mr. Dunne is the recipient of 20 New York City Police Department medals for exceptional performance as well as a recipient of numerous civic and community-based awards for excellent performance of duty.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Lisa MacSpadden

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 New York. The Port Authority receives no tax revenue from either the state of New York or New Jersey or from the City of

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