The Port Authority Police Department operates its own Police Academy, located in Jersey City, NJ, and includes a Regional Training Center at Kennedy Airport. Academy recruits receive 25 weeks of intensive training in New York and New Jersey law, behavior sciences, police practices and procedures, laws of arrest and court procedures and testimony. They are also trained in rules of evidence, defensive tactics, first aid, firefighting, police patrol and traffic duty, firearms training, defensive driving and water safety and rescue.
Throughout their careers, Port Authority Police Officers return to the Academy both for refresher courses and instructional courses in antiterrorism, behavioral assessment, active shooter and weapons of mass destruction.
The Police Academy also operates the Koebel Memorial Police Firearms Training Center in Jersey City, named for Officer Henry J. Koebel, who was killed in the line of duty in May 1978. The state-of-the-art facility includes 18 shooting ports, moveable target lights and noise controls, shoot/don't shoot situations and standard marksmanship and tactical instruction.