Did You Know? Port Authority Police respond to all aircraft incidents at JFK, LaGuardia, Teterboro and Newark? Did You Know? Port Authority Police move hundreds of millions of passengers safely each year? Did You Know? Port Authority Police carry out suicide prevention? Did You Know? Port Authority Police have the largest aircraft police crash fire rescue unit in the world? Did You Know? Port Authority Police are trained in life saving techniques like EMT, defibrillator and NARCAN? Did You Know? Port Authority Police have 2 K9 Teams: Explosive detection and narcotic detection? Did You Know? Port Authority Police have some of the most advanced counter-terrorism training in the country? Did You Know? Port Authority Police protect some of the world’s prime terrorist targets? Did You Know? The Port Authority Police Department is the largest transportation related police department in the nation? Did you know? Port Authority Police have served the people of New York and New Jersey for nearly 100 years. Did you know? The Port Authority Police Department is the only American police department to be attacked by foreign enemies: the 1975 LaGuardia Airport bombing; 1993 World Trade Center bombing; and the September 11th World Trade Center attacks.

Trained, Tested, True Blue

Port Authority Police officers are among the highest trained law enforcement professionals in the world, receiving some of the best counter-terrorism training.

Our officers are tasked with policing transportation hubs and other Port Authority properties that are considered some of the top terrorism targets in the world. We move hundreds of millions of passengers safely each year.

Who We Are

The Port Authority Police is the primary law enforcement agency for all properties operated by the Port Authority. Our officers are tasked with protecting tunnels, bridges, ports, airports, trains, bus terminals and the World Trade Center. 

  • The Port Authority Police is the largest transportation related police department in the nation. Our officers are uniquely empowered with full police authority in New York and New Jersey.

  • Outside of the US Military, we operate the world’s largest aircraft police crash fire rescue unit in the world.

  • Officers protect some of the world’s prime terrorist targets, which is why the Port Authority Police has some of the highest counter-terrorism training in the world.

  • On September 11, 2001, the Port Authority Police suffered the worst single day loss of life of any Police Department in
    the history of the United States. On that day, 37 Port Authority police officers were killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center and many members are still struggling with 9/11 related illnesses. 

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Advanced Training

“Port Authority Police Academy graduates receive the most up-to-date, comprehensive and specialized training in modern policing.”

- Port Authority Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko - 

  • Rigorous training enables the force to manage any scenario they encounter—from identifying potential terrorism targets to interacting with mentally incapacitated persons.

  • Port Authority police recruits attend a six-month basic police training where they’re trained in the criminal and procedural laws of New York and New Jersey—along with some of the most advanced counter-terrorism techniques in the country, first responder medical training, firearm training, defensive tactics, emergency vehicle driver training, firefighting, community relations, interpersonal communications, among other law enforcement disciplines.

  • Port Authority Police has numerous members on loan to FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, U.S. Marshalls, D.E.A., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and County prosecutor’s office. 

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Police – Not Politics

The Port Authority Police Department has come under attack from uninformed management at the Port Authority. Bureaucrats are undermining the reputation of the department— directing other law enforcement agencies to encroach on jurisdictions traditionally patrolled by the Port Authority Police, even though our security measures and training exceed that of the region’s other agencies.

  • This intentionally misleading campaign diverts attention from the massive management problems at the Port Authority. For example, the bureaucratic management led to over 100,000 hours of forced overtime in 2016 alone.

  • Although the Port Authority has retained top flight law enforcement management professionals from NYPD, NJSP, and MTA Police Department, bureaucratic management has prevented them from doing their job.

  • Civilian mismanagement has led to several costly federal consent decrees. For the last decade, the PBA has been warning policy makers and the agency about shortages in man power. 

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