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PORT AUTHORITY INSPECTOR GENERAL FILES DISCIPLINARY CHARGES RELATED TO DERELICTION OF DUTY AGAINST 44 MEMBERS OF THE PORT AUTHORITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Date: Dec 14, 2016
Press Release Number: 245-2016

Most of the Charged Officers Assigned to PATH Police Command

The Port Authority has initiated disciplinary action against 44 Port Authority police officers – approximately one-third of the PATH rail system’s command -- who are accused of shirking duties by staying in break rooms and missing patrols while on the clock.

The PATH police command is responsible for around-the-clock coverage of the PATH rail system, which serves nearly 80 million passengers annually. The PATH PAPD Command patrols seven PATH stations in New Jersey and six PATH stations in Manhattan, south of 34th Street.

In May, while conducting routine inspections, the Chief Security Officer’s Quality Assurance & Inspections (QAI) unit became aware that numerous officers were obviously off post, which prompted further investigation. This concern was referred to the Office of the Inspector General, whose investigation, supported by video evidence, uncovered serious transgressions. The Inspector General’s Office is evaluating whether certain cases should be referred to local prosecutors.

This internal probe originated at the Hoboken PATH station and eventually also focused on officers assigned to PATH police details at several stations in New Jersey and New York. These transgressions stem from officers failing to perform patrol duties as required during their work shifts, primarily on but not limited to the midnight-8 a.m. shift.

The investigation extended to PATH commands at the Newark, Christopher Street, 33rd Street and World Trade Center stations. The investigation, as supported by video, disclosed several officers were spending more than six hours of their shift in a break room; in one case, an officer spent more than seven hours of a shift away from his post.

Some of the suspected officers were assigned on overtime to heightened security details due to terror events that had occurred nationally and internationally. In some instances, officers assigned to doubled up posts in response to officer safety concerns were also observed off-post.

The PATH’s top PAPD commander was reassigned in November in the wake of the review. All 44 cases are pending and no officers to date have settled any disciplinary charges against them.

“The allegations against these officers are extremely serious and we believe they have let down the public they are sworn to serve,’’ said Inspector General Michael Nestor. “We will seek to take significant action against those officers who violated the public trust.”

PAPD Superintendent Michael Fedorko’s office is involved in determining the disciplinary action that will be taken against the officers.

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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 the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center 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.


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