Code 3 Port Authority of NY/NJ Oshkosh Crash Truck (12153)
This is Item #12153
Release: September 1999
Edition Quantity: 5,500
The Port Authority Police originated back on June 1, 1928, 40 men were selected
to police the newly opened bridge, at the time know as the Arthur Kill Bridges,
today known as the Staten Island Bridges. After assuming control of the Holland
Tunnel, the Holland Tunnel's police unit merged with the officers from the
Staten Island Bridges, and the Port Authority Police force was born. These
forerunners became the foundation of a unique law enforcement team. Today the
force is comprised of more than 1,400 men and women.
In order to carry out their responsibilities in their demanding jurisdiction the
Port Authority Police have been given full enforcement powers in both New York
and New Jersey. The primary jurisdiction is an area within a 25 mile radius of
the Statue of Liberty. This area known as the Post District includes the world's
busiest regional airport system, one of the largest office complexes in the
United States, the largest container port on the East Coast and some of the most
heavily traveled bi-state bridges, tunnels and approach roads in the country.
The primary responsibilities of the Port Authority includes law enforcement,
fire fighting and rescue operations. However, officers are assigned to a vast
range of duties. These duties include active patrol crime prevention, criminal
investigations, traffic control, emergency first response assistance and drug
The Port Authority's willingness to serve the people of New York-New Jersey
regions is demonstrated not only by their actions on the job but also by the
community service activities off the job.
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