Railway police officers who are sometimes called “special agents” or “certified police officers” are responsible for protecting railroad property anywhere on the railroad’s line. According to the website www.ehow.com railroad police officers are official police officers who go through normal police officer training but have various official titles depending on the state or jurisdiction where they are based. They enforce laws on or near railroad right of ways and they can make arrests in any state where the railroad owns property. Some states give them the authority to make arrests off railroad property as well. In general railway police officers are similar to security police because not only do they protect railroad properties but they also guard railroad personnel as well as people who are riding the train. They protect against terrorism threats on the railroad and they investigate any occurrences of trespassing graffiti arson pick pocketing ticket fraud and robbery. When there are derailments or collisions they investigate why these incidents occurred. Aspiring railway police officers are not required to have a college degree although employment opportunities are greater for those who complete courses in criminal justice or who already have police experience in the military or on a regular police force. Jobs for railway police officers are more readily available in higher crime areas because in such areas there is more risk involved with the job. Railway police officers must be U.S. citizens be at least 20 years of age and be physically fit. Railway police offers work for both private public rail transit systems. According to the website www.payscale.com railway police officers earn annual salaries ranging from approximately $39300 to $65600.
|Education Required:||High School Diploma & Specialized Training|
|Tasks:||Enforces laws on and around railways.
Protects people riding on trains.
Investigates train accidents.
Prevents trespassing on the railroad right of way.
|Also Called:||Train Police Officer
Railway Security Police
Public Transportation Police