Press Release Article


Date: Oct 03, 2007
Press Release Number: 81-2007

An extensive monthlong recruitment drive to attract qualified candidates for the Port Authority Police Department will end at midnight Friday, October 5, and is expected to attract up to 10,000 applicants.

For the first time in its 86-year history, the agency conducted its recruitment via the Internet, using a fully automated online application process.

The recruitment initiative included visits to colleges, church groups and community events, and through outreach to Hispanic, Asian and African-American communities and to women, to make them aware of the opportunities available. These efforts have resulted in nearly 45 percent of the applications coming from women and minority candidates.

Port Authority Executive Director Anthony E. Shorris said, “Public safety is our first priority, which is why we’re conducting an exhaustive search for the very best candidates for our police force. We’re going online, on the airwaves, and into the community to find top-notch recruits who have the skill and determination they’ll need to protect some of the world’s most visible, valuable infrastructure.”

Those interested in applying before the midnight Friday deadline can fill out an application at Applicants will take a written test in November to establish a roster of qualified applicants.

The Port Authority Police have law enforcement jurisdiction in two states and are responsible for patrolling all of the agency’s facilities in New York and New Jersey, including airports, seaports, bridges, tunnels, PATH system and the World Trade Center site. Their duties include criminal investigation, aircraft rescue and firefighting, emergency response, antiterrorism, security patrols including K-9 and commercial vehicle inspections.

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 system; the Port Authority-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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