Date: Mar 04, 2003
Press Release Number: 25-2003
The Port Authority Police Department has established a new hotline – 800 828-PAPD (7273) – for citizens to report suspicious activity in and around Port Authority facilities, Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Charles D. De Rienzo announced today.
\"The strongest weapon against crime is information,\" Superintendent De Rienzo said. \"The earlier we learn about individuals engaged in activities that are unusual, or of a situation that is just not right – the sooner we can begin to investigate. And these investigations can make the difference between life and death.\"
This week, Port Authority Police launched a campaign to make citizens aware of the new tips line. Posters with the new hotline number will be on display at Port Authority facilities. The first posters began to appear this week on PATH trains.
\"We encourage everyone to call and report any suspicious activity – no matter how minor it may seem,\" said Deputy Superintendent George Johansen. \"Whether it be a person, a package or a situation – call, let us know and we will investigate.\"
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 also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.