The 114th Port Authority Police Academy class that was graduated Friday morning brought continued diversity and experience to the department.
The 80 new officers welcomed during a ceremony in Elizabeth include 33 New Jerseyans, 46 New Yorkers and an officer relocating from Florida, the authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.
The diverse group also includes nine recruits with prior military service, he said.
Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye, Chief Security Officer Thomas Belfiore and PAPD Supt. Michael Fedorko welcomed the graduates.
The Port Authority Police Department is responsible for protecting major area airports, tunnels and bridges --including the George Washington Bridge -- as well as seaports and the PATH system. The PAPD also patrols the World Trade Center site.
The demographic breakdown (80 total recruits):
- 88.75% male
- 11.25% female
- 68.75% white
- 10% black
- 18.75% Hispanic
- 2.5% Asian
Military Service ( 11.25%)
- U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Radames Montalvo (10 years)
- U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jojaira Taveras (10 years)
- U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Tridente (7 years)
- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Guarnieri (5 years)
- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marcus Goodridge (10 years)
- U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Parcells (5 years)
- U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian Honan (10 years)
- U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Justin Gonzalez (8 years)
- U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Anthony Manfredini (8 years)