Press Release Article


Date: Jun 29, 2018
Press Release Number: 108-2018

New officers bring department’s total police staffing to 2,025 officers, the highest level in its history

The Port Authority Police Department today welcomed 112 new police officers to its ranks following the graduation of the 116B Police Academy class at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, NJ. This year’s graduating class includes 10 legacy officers, whose family members served as Port Authority Police officers. The new officers bring the department’s total police staffing to 2,025 officers, the highest level in its history.

Port Authority Chairman Kevin O’Toole attended the ceremony and congratulated the new officers and their families.

During their 26 weeks in the academy, the new graduates became the first Police Academy recruits to receive training from a Holocaust survivor to examine the roots of prejudice and intolerance. The new training component is part of an enhanced program that is transforming the way cadets are trained.

In addition, recruits learned the laws of both New York and New Jersey and received instruction in police procedure, firearms usage, counter-terrorism techniques and first aid.

“We welcome these dedicated, highly trained police officers to the Port Authority Police Department, where they will now take on the challenge of protecting the traveling public,” said Port Authority Chief Security Officer John Bilich. “During the past 6 months, these new officers have received some of the most extensive training of any police agency in the country, and we look forward to having them join our team.”

The newest class includes 77 college graduates and seven military veterans, while 36 graduates have prior law enforcement experience. In a continuing effort to build departmental diversity and enhance communication with the public, the officers speak a total of 13 different languages. Hispanics, African-Americans and Asian-Americans make up 28 percent of the graduating class.

“Our new officers come from very diverse backgrounds and are among some of the most educated law enforcement professionals in the police profession,” said Port Authority Police Superintendent Edward Cetnar. “These traits will greatly assist us in performing our security mission at the airports, bridges, tunnels, seaports, and other agency facilities.”

The Port Authority Police Department is responsible for ensuring the safety and security of the agency's land, sea, air and rail facilities, which include airports, bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the PATH rail system, the regional ports in New York and New Jersey and the 16-acre World Trade Center site.

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