Press Release Article


Date: May 08, 2017
Press Release Number: 88-2017

The Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) recently updated its recruitment program to attract a more diverse pool of police recruits – and thousands of digitally connected potential candidates are answering the call.

Since the Port Authority’s April 20 announcement of the new recruitment model, the PAPD’s updated website, with its “Police Recruit” talent network, has drawn about 48,000 unique visitors to the site. More than 10,400 potential applicants have registered through the network for information about the PAPD Police Academy and the recruiting process. Network registrants have come from 33 states, including New York and New Jersey, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

The open application period for potential recruits will run from May 22 through June 26, 2017 for the next Police Academy class, whose official start date has not yet been set.

“We’ve seen a surge in interest from potential PAPD candidates,” said Port Authority Acting Chief Security Officer John Bilich. “The changes we’ve made to our recruitment process and our website underscore our ongoing commitment to the strength, integrity and quality of our police department.”

Added Mary Lee Hannell, the agency’s Chief of Human Capital: “This new program was designed to create a network of strong police recruits, and it’s showing great promise. We’re hearing from more and more candidates with the necessary skills and drive to contribute to the PAPD.”

To reach as talented and diverse an applicant pool as possible, the PAPD is scheduled to attend approximately 30 college career fairs throughout New York and New Jersey over the next two months. The PAPD also is connecting with the region’s military veterans through events such as RecruitMilitary’s veterans job fair at the New York Hilton Midtown on May 25 and the Hiring Our Heroes career event at Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst in New Jersey on June 8.

Additionally, the PAPD has posted announcements to a variety of law enforcement association career sites, including those that support women and minorities in the line of duty, as part of the department’s extensive and ongoing effort to promote PAPD career opportunities to diverse job-seekers with a passion to protect.

For essential information about the recruitment process, please visit the PAPD recruitment website (

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