Press Release Article


Date: Jun 08, 2005
Press Release Number: 69-2005

Port Authority Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police Samuel J. Plumeri Jr. will be honored by the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation on Saturday, June 11, at the organization’s 11th Annual Gala in Atlantic City, N.J.

Mr. Plumeri will be presented with the Captain Peter Mucci Award, which is given each year to a member of the law enforcement community who has had a distinguished career in that field. The award is named after Captain Peter Mucci, a Marine Corps veteran and captain in the Atlantic City Police Department.

“It is an honor and privilege to be recognized by such an important and generous organization,” Mr. Plumeri said. “Since the foundation’s inception in 1995, children of U.S. Marines and law enforcement officers lost while serving their country have received financial assistance for special medical attention and higher education needs.”

“Superintendent Plumeri is the obvious choice for this year’s honor because of his wealth of experience and dedication to law enforcement,” Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation Co-Chairman Michael A. Fedorko said. “As leader of a police department responsible for ensuring public safety for millions of travelers each year, Sam Plumeri is not only recognized by local and state law enforcement agencies, but he also is known throughout the national law enforcement community for his work.”

Mr. Plumeri was appointed the Port Authority’s Director of Public Safety/Superintendent of Police in May 2004. He is responsible for the management of the more than 1,600 officers and commanders of the police force and the safety and security of Port Authority facilities. He also serves as a liaison with federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies in the region.

He joined the Port Authority in April 2002 and previously served as Deputy Superintendent of Police for intelligence and training. He also supervised administration and police practices and procedures.

Prior to joining the bistate agency, he served for more than 34 years in law enforcement. His extensive law enforcement career included 12 years as the Mercer County Sheriff. He also served as Undersheriff in Mercer County after leaving the Trenton Police Department in 1986. During his years in the sheriff\'s office, he developed K-9 units for bomb detection and the countywide Emergency Response Team.

Mr. Plumeri began his law enforcement career with the Trenton Police Department, where he served as a patrolman, detective and intelligence officer for a total of 17 years. He was an undercover detective for 10 years, assigned to the vice enforcement unit.

He is a former President of the New Jersey Association of Counties, Past President of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, a member of the National Association of Counties’ Law and Justice Steering Committee and Vice Chairman and member of the Board of Directors of Capital Health System in Trenton, N.J. He also was a member of the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association. He has a degree in law enforcement from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.

Through the continuous support of its donors, the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation has raised more than $23 million to assist eligible children. This assistance was rendered to children of Marines or federal law enforcement officers who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving the U.S. at home or abroad. The foundation was formed in 1995 by former Marines and law enforcement personnel.

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 and Bus Station; 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 Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the New York Container 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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