Welcome to the Port Authority Police Benevolent Association (PAPBA) website. The PAPBA is the law enforcement union representing the rank of police officer in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, America’s largest transportation related police department. It is my hope you find our website informative, helpful and insightful in understanding how the members of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) serve the people of New York, New Jersey and the traveling public.
Port Authority police officers protect millions of people each day. In the New York/New Jersey region they are the frontline in the fight against terrorism. It may be possible you have more daily contact with Port Authority police officers than your local police because PAPD officers are sworn police officers in two states, New York and New Jersey; a unique responsibility in American Law Enforcement. Not only do they work courageously on your behalf, they are crucial in protecting the movement of commerce in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area, the lifeblood of the region’s economy.
The story of the PAPD cannot be told without speaking of the sacrifices of Port Authority police officers. Unfortunately, many have been maimed and killed in the line of duty. This has never been truer than on September 11, 2001, when the enemies of our country attacked the World Trade Center. Close to 3,000 of your loved ones, friends and neighbors were killed that horrible day. The Port Authority Police Department suffered the worst loss of life ever experienced by an American police department. Thirty-seven Port Authority police officers sacrificed their lives, so others could live. I invite you to visit the “In Memoriam” section of our website to learn about our lost heroes of September 11th and those lost throughout PAPD history.
I can assure you Port Authority police officers will always do all that is possible to protect you and create a safe environment for you and your family. Quite simply, we are here for you. So, when you come across us, stop and say “Hi,” we’d like to hear from you. Maybe we can help you navigate a Port Authority facility or give you personal safety tips and, of course, take a photo with the youngsters. In the meantime, enjoy our website and let us know what you think. We are always interested to hear what you have to say.