New Police Officers in PAPD’s ESU include (from left): Javier Cerna, Jonathan Roche, Paul Williams, Kevin Leonard, Eric Block, Hans Gomero, Christopher Taffera, Bryan Seeley, Greg Gilleece, Nicolas Cascarano, Troy Lopez, Michael Stoia, and Brian Belfiore.
Demonstrating the camaraderie between law enforcement partners in the region, the Port Authority Police’s Emergency Service Unit on February 29 hosted a joint training session at the George Washington Bridge with members of the New York City Police Department ESU, Jersey City Police ESU, and NYC Department of Corrections.
PAPD ESU organized this training, also known as a “bridge walk,” in part to celebrate members from each of the police departments who recently graduated from NYPD’s eight-month ESU training. This includes several PAPD officers, who are now officially members of the department’s ESU.
During the walk, PAPD ESU familiarized everyone with how to access certain areas of the GWB infrastructure in the case of an emergency scenario, including preventing potential suicide attempts.
The excursion also involved a climb up the cables to the GWB’s New Jersey tower, where the group made sure to take in all of the sights and pose for a group photo.