Press Release Article


Date: Jun 10, 2015
Press Release Number: 83-2015

PAPD also creates department's first assistant chief position to handle counterterrorism initiatives

Two veteran Port Authority Police Department commanders were promoted today to key leadership positions in the department to continue the agency's push to enhance security for the region's traveling public, Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko announced. The department also named Assistant Chief Steven Rotolo as the department's first assistant chief of counterterrorism.

Inspector Raymond Bryan, who currently heads the World Trade Center Command, was promoted to deputy chief and will oversee ground transportation commands that include PATH, and tunnels, bridges and terminals. Captain Ronald Shindel, who has overseen the George Washington Bridge command, was promoted to deputy inspector and will take over the World Trade Center Command. Prior to his new assignment overseeing counterterrorism initiatives, Assistant Chief Rotolo oversaw the New Jersey air transportation and seaport commands. He will be replaced in that position by Assistant Chief Norma Hardy.

"Given the high profile of all of our facilities, it's critical that we provide exceptional leadership for our 1,900-member police force," said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Tom Belfiore. "The creation of an Assistant Chief position responsible for coordinating counter terrorism operations is a key addition to the PAPD. I'm confident that these commanders and the others we have in place will provide the oversight we need for one of the leading police forces in the country."

"These commanders have done an exceptional job in their previous assignments protecting some of the Port Authority's most important assets,' said Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko. "I'm confident that their leadership skills and dedication to the job will be major assets as we continue our mission to protect the traveling public."

Deputy Chief Bryan joined the Port Authority Police Department in 1993 and was assigned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, a facility he would command 18 years later. In 2001, he was promoted to sergeant and was transferred to the PAPD in residence Police Academy program in Sea Girt, NJ assigned as the Integrity Control Officer. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Deputy Chief Bryan was assigned to the rescue and recovery operation at the World Trade Center site. After work at the World Trade Center concluded, he returned to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and became supervising sergeant over the Youth Services Unit. In 2003, he was promoted to lieutenant and in May 2011 was promoted to captain, where he served as commanding officer of the bus terminal. His last assignment began in November 2013 when he was promoted to inspector and assigned as commanding officer of the World Trade Center site.

Deputy Inspector Shindel joined the Port Authority in 2013 following a 35-year career in law enforcement and security operations. He retired as an NYPD deputy inspector in 2002 after 20 years on the job, during which time he served as commanding officer of Operation Ground Zero after 9/11. During his two years with the PAPD, he developed the George Washington Bridge's suicide intervention protocol, which has more than doubled the annual lives saved, and also led initiatives that resulted in increases in traffic and DWI arrests at the bridge.

Assistant Chief Rotolo is a 25-year law enforcement veteran, with the past 17 years spent with the Port Authority Police. During his career, he served as the operational commander during numerous high-profile incidents, including Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and the recent protest marches in New York City.

Assistant Chief Hardy is a 24-year Port Authority Police veteran. She worked in every Port Authority command during her career, moving up the ranks to sergeant in 2002, lieutenant in 2006, captain in 2008, inspector in 2011 and Assistant Chief in 2013. She was awarded the Medal of Valor for acts of courage after the 1993 bombing, and she was named the Officer of the Year in 2014 by the International Association of Women Police.

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