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Port Authority Police graduate second largest recruit class in department’s 85-year history

NEW YORK - With the Port Authority striving toward a new era of enhanced security at its world-class transportation facilities, the agency today welcomed 195 new police officers to its ranks – the second largest recruit class in the PAPD’s 85-year history.

The recruits – 173 men and 22 women – received their new assignments today following a graduation ceremony at the Dunn Sports Center in Elizabeth, N.J.  The new officers are the first to graduate and serve under the leadership of Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne.

The officers, who represent dozens of communities in New York and New Jersey and come from as far away as Florida, Texas and Virginia, completed a 26-week training program at the Port Authority’s Police Academy.  Their studies included New York and New Jersey law, police procedures, firearms training, evidence collection and traditional police training.  Each officer also received specialized training in counter-terrorism, firefighting, first aid and the use of defibrillators.

“These new officers are among the best-trained and best-equipped law enforcement professionals anywhere in the world,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye.  “They will now step proudly into the footsteps of their predecessors who for more than eight decades have guarded the agency’s major transportation assets and provided a high level of security for the millions of travelers who use the facilities.”

The newly sworn officers include 16 U.S. military veterans.  The new recruits also will enhance the department’s communication skills, with fluency in 12 foreign languages in addition to American Sign Language.

The nearly 1,700 members of the Port Authority Police Department are responsible for ensuring the safety and security of all the agency’s airports, tunnels, bridges, rail system and seaport, which are crucial to moving millions of people and tons of cargo every day.