Press Release Article


Date: Feb 06, 2004
Press Release Number: 11-2004

Christopher Trucillo, an 18-Year Police Veteran and Commanding Officer At Newark Liberty International Airport, to Head Bistate Agency’s Police Force

Christopher Trucillo was sworn in today as Chief of Police for the Port Authority Police Department. Chief Trucillo replaces Joseph Morris, who retired last month.

Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “This is a vital appointment, because Port Authority police officers are in the vanguard of the fight against terrorism and crime. They protect a network of airports, bridges and tunnels and other vital transportation links that serve hundreds of thousands of travelers a day. Chief Trucillo was a proven leader when he commanded the police force at Newark Liberty International Airport and his leadership skills will help lead this great police force into the future.”

Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour said, “The Port Authority Police Department has one of the largest police forces in the entire country and this agency is extremely fortunate to have Chief Trucillo lead the men and women who protect the nearly 450 million travelers who utilize the Port Authority’s airports, tunnels and bridges annually. The Port Authority Police Department will clearly benefit from the breadth and depth of Chief Trucillo’s law enforcement experience.”

Port Authority Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Charles D. DeRienzo said, “I am confident that Chief Trucillo’s strong leadership skills and wealth of experience he has amassed during his tenure here with the Port Authority Police will assist him as we continue to move the department forward. Teamwork is a core value of law enforcement and Chief Trucillo will reinforce that principle to the many officers and commanders who diligently work to protect the people of this region who use the Port Authority’s facilities.”

Chief Trucillo joined the Port Authority Police Department in 1986 as an officer at Newark Liberty International Airport.

He has also worked as Commanding Officer of the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Civilian Complaint Investigative Unit and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Chief Trucillo’s most recent police command was at Newark Liberty International Airport, a post to which he was appointed in January 2003.

In December 1993, Chief Trucillo received a Port Authority Citation for his work with Operation Alternative, an initiative to improve conditions at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Chief Trucillo also responded to the World Trade Center disaster on September 11, 2001, by mobilizing a group from his unit to provide assistance to the family members of Port Authority police officers and commanders killed on that tragic day. Today, along with retired Port Authority Police Detective Barbara Mahon, he continues to be a liaison to those family members.

Chief Trucillo, 47, currently resides in Old Bridge, N.J., with his wife of 13 years, Cidalia, and two daughters. He also serves as Director for the N.J. Law Enforcement Golf Classic, which raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics.

The Port Authority Police Department also announced that Assistant Chief Anthony Whitaker was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Whitaker becomes the highest ranked uniformed African-American member of the Port Authority Police Department.

He joined the Port Authority Police Department in 1971 and worked at the George Washington Bridge, Holland Tunnel, Port Authority Bus Terminal, John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports and the World Trade Center.

Deputy Chief Whitaker was the Commanding Officer at the World Trade Center during the attacks on September 11, 2001, and was instrumental in assisting with the successful evacuation of more than 20,000 people that tragic day. During his distinguished career, he has been a recipient of numerous service awards and honors for heroism and service to the community.

In his new position as Deputy Chief, he will oversee police and public safety initiatives at the four Port Authority airports.

Deputy Chief Whitaker, 58, is a long-time resident of Fort Lee, N.J.

Created in 1928, the Port Authority Police Department has more than 1,600 officers and commanders. Their responsibilities include law enforcement, the protection of life and property, and the safety and security of all the Port Authority land, sea, air and rail facilities in the Port District.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail 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.

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