Press Release Article


Date: Sep 30, 2002
Press Release Number: 101-2002

A regionwide recruitment drive for positions with the Port Authority Police force will end on October 11, and all job applications must be filed with the bistate agency by that time, Port Authority Police Superintendent Charles D. DeRienzo said.

To date, 20,000 applications have been distributed in New York and New Jersey to prospective candidates. The applications will be used to hire men and women to join the nation’s only bistate force, which lost 37 of its members in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

The job description of a Port Authority officer is different from that of most other police officers. In addition to traditional police responsibilities, Port Authority officers are trained to fight fires, respond to aircraft emergencies and use other specialized skills to protect one of the world’s busiest transportation networks. They also have police powers in both New York and New Jersey.

The starting salary for a Port Authority Police officer is $32,361, which reaches $70,344 after five years.

Port Authority Police applicants must be at least age 21 by November 11, 2002, and must not have reached their 35th birthday at the time of their appointment to the Police Academy Training Program. Candidates must be United States citizens and live in New York or New Jersey if they are appointed to the Port Authority Police force.

Applicants who pass the written test will need either 60 college credits or an honorable discharge from the United States military after two years of continuous active duty to continue the screening process.

Applications can be obtained in person from Port Authority headquarters at 111 East 18th Street in Manhattan; the George Washington Bridge Bus Station at 4211 Broadway between 178th and 179th streets in Manhattan, second-floor community room; the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, North Wing, Main Floor; the AirTrain JFK Jamaica Outreach Office, 148-15 Archer Ave., Jamaica, N.Y.; Newark Penn Station; and Journal Square Transportation Center, 1 PATH Plaza, Concourse Level, Jersey City. Additional application distribution centers are located at the Council for Airport Opportunities offices at: 90-04 161st Street in Jamaica, N.Y., 17 Academy Street in Newark, N.J., and 2815 Kennedy Boulevard (3rd floor) in Jersey City, N.J. The non-refundable application fee is $40. Applications should be returned by mail to the address provided on the form.

For further information, applicants can call 866 727-6542 or 212 435-2926.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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