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Eligibility Requirements


If you are chosen via random selection to become a candidate for the PAPD officer evaluation process, you must have:

  • High School Diploma or GED

If a candidate passes the written test and physical fitness test, they must have one of the following by the determined date for the Background Event to continue in the evaluation process:

  • Minimum of 60 college credits from an accredited college or university (CHEA) or
  • Honorable discharge from the United States Military, after serving a minimum of two full years of continuous active duty or
  • Be the spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran or
  • Have at least three years of continuous full-time experience and currently employed in any of the following occupations: Port Authority of NY & NJ EmployeeLicensed Security Guard, Sworn Law Enforcement or Corrections, or TSA agent


All candidates must be:

  • 20 years of age to apply to the PAPD Police Officer evaluation process
  • 21 years of age and have not yet reached their 35th birthday at the commencement of the Police Academy
  • If you are a military veteran or a spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran who is 35 years of age or older at the start of the Police Academy, the Port Authority will allow veterans to deduct up to six years of military service from their age


Candidates must be a United States citizen at time of appointment to the Police Academy.


Candidates must have a current, valid driver’s license within 14 days from appointment to the Police Academy.

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The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.