You must possess a valid driver's license from your state of residence at least 14 days prior to appointment to the police academy training program. This does not need to be a NY/NJ license.
No. Prior police experience is not a requirement to become a Port Authority Police Officer.
No. A felony conviction makes you ineligible.
If you applied to the Police Officer recruitment in 2022 and were not randomly selected, you will have an opportunity to re-apply during a future application period. Please continue to monitor the PAPDrecruit website and your email inbox for updates.
Application periods are open based on the hiring needs of the Port Authority Police Department.
If you are claiming a fee exemption, you will be asked to provide documentation of your situation, which should include one of the following:
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has partnered with Performance Assessment Network (PAN), a leader in computer-based test administration, to administer the PAPD Police Officer examination. You will be able to select from available PAN testing center in New York or New Jersey in which you wish to take the examination.
Contact PSI at [email protected] and you should get a response within 24 hours.
Rather than test all applicants for a limited number of Academy openings, we randomly select a smaller number of candidates to participate in the evaluation process. Those who qualify on the process will have a chance at placement into the next Police Academy. Those not randomly selected who continue to meet eligibility requirements can reapply in subsequent recruitments.
You would have as good a chance as any other applicant given the process is truly a random selection.
No. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
This is subject to change based upon the required class size.
You will receive an email shortly after the end of the application period.
If you are over 35, and are not a U.S. military veteran, or the spouse of a disabled or deceased U.S. military veteran, then you are not eligible.
No. We only offer age credit for U.S. military service.
After you pass the PPT, you will be invited to the Background Event Process. Candidates would have up to 3months typically to gather required documentation.
Yes – For those who follow the payment waiver procedures and submit the required documentation (DD214) within the required timeframe.
Only those on military duty are eligible for a written test make-up with accompanying documentation (DD214)
The pass point will be determined after the test period has been concluded and the test data analyzed.
You will receive an email shortly after the testing period ends.
Check your email - including junk and spam.
You will need to pay your bill with your school and fix your status. You will need to show us proof that you applied for your transcript so that we know we will be receiving it.
No, we do not offer school deferrals. If you choose to opt out, your name will be removed from the list and you would be required to re-apply.
No. The step you reached last (e.g., medical/psychological) is where you will pick up.
No. There is a limit on the number of recruits who can enter the the Police Academy class. If this limit is reached, you will be deferred to the next Police Academy class.
While your location preference will be taken into consideration, rank based on Academy performance and Agency need, primarily determine Command Assignment.
If successful at the Background Event, your applicant investigative report file is forwarded for review to the Candidate Review Board. Upon recommendation, you will be contacted to proceed to the next step being the psychological interview.
You must actively check your e-mail and please ensure that your phone’s voicemail inbox is clear to accept messages.
Upon final review of your psychological/medical folder, candidates will receive email correspondence of their status in the process.
Candidates will be medically deferred (1 time only) to the next Police Academy process and will be required to undergo a follow-up medical for final clearance.