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Security Overhaul Planned for the Port Authority

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Port Authority of NY & NJ announced Thursday that it is overhauling its security operations, starting with the hiring of a Chief Security Officer.

The position is a new one. Former chief of U.S. Homeland Security Michael Chertoff recommended the creation of the job after reviewing security at the authority and finding no one person in charge. "I was surprised by the lack centralized accountability," he said at a press conference held at Port Authority headquarters in Manhattan.

He also said security arrangements across the authority's many departments "lack coordination" and that "decisions are made by managers at individual facilities."

A Port Authority press release added that Chertoff, whose security firm was hired to conduct a review, found "the absence of a clear sense of mission and inadequate lines of responsibility and operational control over the organization."

Chertoff stressed the security upgrade comes "not because of a crisis" but because "historically, the Port Authority has been the target of plots."

Pat Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, said a national search for a chief security officer would begin immediately.

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Sgt. Mike Barry

What the hell is Fedorko? This is a sham political movement to hire politically connected swine to fill fake positions. This is a WHITE WASH of the first order!

Mar. 29 2012 09:02 PM
Noel Horkan from NY

The PA wants civilians to be in charge of security operations and they do not want the PAPD.The PA has historically regarded having a police force as a necessary evil.The PA knows that their civilian management has control of their police and they want to keep it that way.The PA has resisted for years the idea of the NYCPD having control of police operations at their facilities in NYC because they would have no control of the NYPD.The PA wants it both ways and that is they want security but they want to do it with civilian control.They will resist any attempt to have an agency outside of the PA oversee security and police operations.

Mar. 29 2012 07:08 PM
A.P.Fusco

The Port Authority has a Director of Public Safety as well as a number of uniformed police chiefs that are in charge of 2000the police officers and detectives. Why this extra expense of a security officer in a civilian capacity. The police department (PAPD) should be sufficient enough to address any and all security concerns. As long as the police department is not interfered with by managerial civilians the police should handle security concerns in full. They are a full service police agency.
A.P.Fusco

Mar. 29 2012 05:53 PM

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