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N.J. PD to get $15M tech upgrade for crimefighting, emergencies

The new software for the Port Authority PD will “empower officers to stay connected and agile in dynamic operational environments,” Mark43 said

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MANHATTAN - NY - 08/15/2022 - Port Authority Police Officers are seen at the bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan. (Luiz C. Ribeiro for NY Daily News)

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By Thomas Tracy
New York Daily News

ELIZABETH, N.J. — The Port Authority Police Department is investing in a multi-million dollar technology upgrade that will streamline response times and improve communication among cops protecting the New York City’s bridges, tunnels and airports, officials said.

Over the next five years, the Port Authority will be doling out $14.9 million on the enhancements, which will be provided through a new partnership with public safety software provider Mark43.

The software company will be creating a new computer-aided dispatch system for Port Authority cops as well as software that will provide officers on the ground with real-time information on crimes and emergencies occurring at all transit hubs and airports.

The Port Authority Police Department is responsible for protecting one of the nation’s largest transit systems, which includes New York City’s three major airports, the Port Authority bus terminal in midtown, properties around One World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the PATH train lines as well as all the tunnels and bridges to New Jersey.

The new software will “empower officers to stay connected and agile in dynamic operational environments,” officials at Mark43 said.

The new programs will also provide better data management and constantly update officers on current crime trends on the rails and city airports so they can be one step ahead of criminals.

Port Authority Police Department Superintendent Edward Cetnar said the digital augmentations will mark “a tremendous investment in technology to enhance collaboration with partner agencies through information sharing, increase operational efficiency, and equip our officers with high-tech tools.”

“We’re improving safety and security while also helping us better serve and protect millions of commuters, pedestrians, and passengers who use our facilities each day,” he added.

Bob Hughes, chief executive officer at Mark43 . said he and his team are looking forward to streamlining the Port Authority’s systems.

“Modern public safety agencies deserve modern technology,” Hughes said. “This collaboration underscores our commitment to empowering law enforcement agencies with innovative solutions that enhance efficiency, security, and safety.”