The Port Authority Police Memorial

In Memory Of The Thirty-Seven Port Authority Of New York And New Jersey Police Officers Killed In The Line-Of-Duty During The Terrorist Attack On The World Trade Center On September 11, 2001

“And I will carry this: It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son.” – President George W. Bush (Click Here For Details)

The miraculous survival story of two Port Authority Police Officers who were buried alive for 12 hours and their rescue based on “…the bravery of many…and the smallest of turns.” Click Here For Details)

This non-profit website is independently maintained by Port Authority Police Detective Sgt. John Kavanagh (Retired).

Special thanks to the Port Authority Public Affairs Department for providing many of the photos and clippings.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department is one of the largest police departments in the United States. Yet, many people do not know of its existence. The Port Authority Police Department suffers from this lack of recognition because of its unique policing mission which places its officers within the jurisdictions of other police departments.

The Port Authority Police are responsible for policing the facilities owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,  a bi-state public agency created by the States of New York and New Jersey. Among others, these facilities include:

                 –  Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark Airports

                 –  The PATH Subway System that runs between New York City and New Jersey

                 –  The Port Authority Bus Terminal in the Times Square section of New York City

                 –   Port Newark and Port Elizabeth

                 –  The George Washington Bridge

                 –  Three Staten Island Bridges

                 –  The Lincoln and Holland Tunnels

                   – Up until September 11th, the World Trade Center

Because Port Authority facilities are scattered about the New York – New Jersey metropolitan area, they are all located within the jurisdictions of other police departments even though they are exclusively policed by Port Authority officers. Consequently, when many people see Port Authority police officers, they assume that they are police officers from that local jurisdiction.

Prior to September, this lack of recognition was a burden that Port Authority police officers bore with some disappointment and maybe a little frustration. However, the inadvertent failure of many people to realize now that 37 of the police officers killed at the World Trade Center were Port Authority police officers is a burden too heavy to bear. It is hoped that this section of the website, which explains the history and responsibilities of the Port Authority Police Department and its unique relationship with its sister police agencies, will help clear up public misconceptions about the Port Authority Police Department so that its officers will receive the recognition they deserve.