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Selection Process


The Port Authority Police Officer selection process is a competitive process, consisting of a written examination, a physical performance test, a comprehensive background investigation, a medical examination, a psychological evaluation (including a written test and interviews), and other components as may be deemed necessary. Please click on the video below to learn more.


The open application period for the Police Officer position with the Port Authority of NY & NJ is now closed.

A selection process to draw names will be conducted to enter the Police Officer evaluation process. There is no guarantee that any candidate will be selected to the Police Officer evaluation process.

Please click on this link for important information on dates and the overall process.

Applicants not selected to take the 2021 PAPD Police Officer exam who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to re-apply to the next PAPD Police Officer recruitment, when advertised.


Candidates selected to proceed in the process will receive an email notifying them of their selection and instructions for registering and scheduling themselves for the PAPD Police Officer written test.

Written Exam: $20 fee is required; this fee would be waived for those who meet the payment waiver criteria

Candidates will receive notification of their written exam results.

To help prepare for the written exam please click on this Study Guide


Candidates who pass the written exam will receive an email inviting them to register and schedule to take the Physical Performance Test.

Physical Performance Test: $20 testing fee is required; this fee would be waived for those who meet the payment waiver criteria

Candidates must consult with their physician to ensure it is safe to engage in the Police Physical Fitness Test Regiment.

Candidates must successfully complete a physical performance test.

Candidates will receive notification of their physical performance test results.

To help you prepare to be successful for the Physical Performance Test click on this PPT Preparation Manual and this video.



Employment as a Port Authority Police Officer is a public trust. Therefore, a comprehensive background investigation is conducted to ensure applicants possess:

  • Integrity
  • Sound moral character
  • Responsibility
  • Sense of service
  • Honor
  • Ethical judgement
  • Commitment

Completion of Background Investigation and approval by the Port Authority Candidate Review Board: $40 Background Investigation fee required; this fee would be waived for those who meet the payment waiver criteria.

Prior to completing the application ask yourself if your personal experience demonstrates these fundamental characteristics. If you cannot confidently answer yes, please consider not continuing further.

‚ÄčThe below list represents possible disqualifiers for those seeking a position at the PAPD.  Please read the list and understand that each case will be viewed independently, and consideration will be made on a case-to-case basis.   


  • Convicted of a ‚Äčserious criminal act. (i.e., felony in NY or an indictable offense in NJ).
  • Convicted of or plea agreement to any offense that would preclude applicant from legally owning and/or carrying a firearm. This would include any pre-trial intervention agreement that results in being legally precluded from owning/carrying a firearm.
  • Convicted of any offense involving domestic violence.
  • Currently on probation for a felony or indictable offense or has been on probation for a felony or indictable offense at any time within the past twelve months. 
  • Dishonorably discharged from any branch of military service.
  • Convicted more than once of any offense of driving while impaired or refusal within the last five years.
  • Guilty of any motor vehicle moving violation five or more times within the past two years.
  • Bench warrant issued for failing to appear in court for a motor vehicle charge or criminal charge on more than two occasions.
  • Driving privileges suspended on more than two occasions on more than two dates.
  • Convicted of selling, manufacturing, or distributing any illegal controlled dangerous substance.
  • Terminated from any law enforcement agency for disciplinary reasons.
  • Adjudicated by a court or found by an employer to have violated any person's civil rights. 
  • Candidates may also be disqualified if they demonstrate a history of disregard for the law, a tendency toward violence, termination from a job for poor behavior, or not adjusting to discipline.

Candidates who are recommended to proceed in the process by a Police Review Board will be made a contingent offer of employment and invited to the Medical/Psychological evaluation process.


Successful completion of Medical and Psychological examinations is required. Prior to taking the medical and psychological exams, a contingent offer of employment as a police recruit to the Port Authority Police Academy is tendered to an applicant. It will be conditional upon successful completion of the medical and psychological examinations. Each potential police recruit will be required to authorize access to all health records. If the Office of Medical Services determines that an applicant is unable to perform the essential functions of the position, the contingent offer of employment will be withdrawn.

Body Mass Index (BMI): Candidates with a BMI of 30 or greater will be referred for further testing to evaluate cardiovascular endurance and to rule out any related health risks.

    1. Visual acuity will be measured using an industry standard vision screener to assess near /far vision, and visual fields. All candidates must have vision better than or equal to 20/30 in each eye and 20/30 in both eyes. If the candidate must use corrective lenses (glasses or contacts) in order to satisfy the 20/30 vision standard, then the candidate’s uncorrected vision should be no worse than 20/100 in each eye and 20/100 in both eyes. If the vision test is deemed unacceptable, the candidate will be sent for further evaluation to an ophthalmologist chosen by the Office of Medical Services.
    2. Field of Vision shall be no less than 70 degrees in the horizontal meridian in each eye. 
    3. Depth perception shall be sufficient to demonstrate normal stereo depth perception to the correctable standard of 100 ARC seconds.
    4. For color perception, the Fansworth D-15 color test will be performed. Moderate and severe Protan, Deuteran and Tritan color deficiencies are regarded as deficient.  If the candidate's color perception test is deemed unacceptable, the candidate will be sent for further evaluation to an ophthalmologist chosen by the Office of Medical Services.
    5. Hearing acuity will be tested from 500 Hz to 6000 Hz using a calibrated digital audiometer that meets or exceeds American National Standard Institute Specification (ANSI) requirements. The candidate must have an average hearing loss of less than or equal to 25dB at 500Hz, 1000Hz and 2000Hz in each ear. The difference in hearing between the better and poorer ear shall not be greater than 15dB at 500Hz, 1000Hz or 2000Hz. The use of hearing aids is disqualifying.


While participating at the Police Academy, candidates will be required to meet academic, physical fitness and other standards. Only those candidates who meet the required achievement standards will graduate from the Academy and be considered for appointment to the Port Authority Police Force.


  • $20 Written exam fee
  • $20 Physical Performance Test fee
  • $40 Background Investigation fee

All fees will be waived for qualified candidates who request and meet the specified criteria for a payment waiver. Details on the fee waiver request process will be provided when the application period opens. All fees are non-refundable / non-transferable.

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