Date: Aug 22, 2014
Press Release Number: 173-2014
New officers begin work immediately protecting the public and Port Authority's assets
The Port Authority Police Department today graduated 249 new police officers from the largest academy class in agency history. The new officers bring the department to the highest staffing level in the agency's history, with nearly 1,800 officers.
The increase in PAPD staffing will help the agency meet its goal of reducing the force's overtime costs.
Cadets with the PAPD's 113th academy class completed a rigorous, 26-week training program, culminating in this morning's ceremony at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth. Two of the new officers, Patrick Gorman and Liam Huczko, are the sons of Port Authority police officers who were killed in the line of duty during the 9/11 terror attacks.
The diverse group of 39 women and 210 men also includes 136 New Yorkers and 111 New Jerseyans and a resident each from Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Twenty-six of the officers are United States Armed Forces veterans.
"We welcome the new officers to the Port Authority family and the traditions of public service, compassion and integrity that have been hallmarks of the Port Authority Police Department during the agency's history,' said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. "These young men and women will continue the legacy of those before them who served the agency with distinction during moments of crisis, such as the two attacks on the World Trade Center and the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy."
"The Police Academy's 113th class is the largest and most diverse in agency history and shows the Port Authority's strong commitment to safety, security and diversity," said Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Deb Gramiccioni. "We all rely on the bravery, dedication and commitment of our new officers to protect both our customers and Port Authority infrastructure."
"Our new officers will bring fresh perspective to the Port Authority Police Department, while continuing its strong tradition of public service,' said Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne. "By increasing the ranks of the department, we have addressed staffing issues that will help reduce overtime costs for the agency and ensure the optimal deployment of all security-related resources."
The 249 new officers each received extensive police training in counterterrorism, firefighting and first aid. Many of the members will be assigned to newly operational facilities at the World Trade Center
The Port Authority Police Department is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the agency's land, sea, air and rail facilities, which are crucial to moving millions of people and tons of cargo every day. Assets include three major airports, four bistate 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.
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 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.