The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department
, or Port Authority Police Department
), is a law enforcement agency
in New York
and New Jersey
, the duties of which are to protect all facilities owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
, and to enforce state and city laws at all the facilities. The PAPD is owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
, a bi-state agency running the bridges
, and seaport
in the Port of New York and New Jersey
.The PAPD is the 24th largest police force in the United States.
The Port Authority Police Department was created in June 1928 when 40 men were selected to police the Goethals Bridge
and Outerbridge Crossing
(then known as the Arthur Kill Bridge).These original officers were known as Bridgemen, nine of whom were later promoted to the rank of Bridgemaster, or Sergeant.
As the Port Authority facilities increased in number, so did its police force. With the opening of the Holland Tunnel
in 1927, three Metropolitan Airports and a Marine Terminal in the 1940s, the force grew. In the 1950s the Port Authority Bus Terminal
opened. The Port Authority also assumed control of the PATH
system, formerly known as The Hudson and Manhattan Tubes.
The PAPD protects three major airports; Newark Liberty International Airport
, John F. Kennedy International
, and LaGuardia Airport
, which handle over 80 million air passengers, over 1.1 million aircraft movements, and... Read More