PAPD Inspector Norma Hardy
Photo: PA NEWS
Hell’s Kitchen Life has learned that Norma Hardy, a 19 year veteran of the Port Authority Police Department, was promoted to the rank of Inspector and received her shield in a private ceremony at PAPD Headquarters in Jersey City, on March 14, 2011. Hardy becomes the highest ranking woman in the PAPD, and one of the highest ranking African American women in New York City law enforcement (Note: The PAPD is a joint NY/NJ Agency). Hardy is only the third female Inspector in PAPD history, and the first African American female.
Currently the only female out of six inspectors in the PAPD (the highest rank below Chief), Hardy will command the PAPD’s Northern Zone, which includes; The Lincoln Tunnel, The George Washington Bridge, and The Port Authority Bus Terminal.
In her most recent role as Captain, Hardy was in charge of the Lincoln Tunnel, and prior to that the Holland Tunnel. Prior to her promotion to Captain, she worked as a supervisor of the Ground Zero site from 2002 - 2008, where she began as a Sergeant and ended her tenure there as the Lieutenant in charge of the site for the PAPD.
Hardy was also the recipient of the PAPD’s prestigious Medal of Valor for Individual Acts, the agency’s highest honor, for her role in the February, 1993 World Trade Center bombing. She was working below ground that day when a truck bomb exploded underneath the North Tower in the parking garage, killing six people and injuring over a thousand.
As recently reported in the New York Post (Read it HERE), the PAPD is currently suffering from a shortage of Captains due to a recent overhaul in its Senior command, amongst which the promotions of Hardy and Richard Brazicki from Captain to Inspector have left only four active Captains to supervise approximately 1,700 officers.