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Transit and Railroad Police  What They Do

Just the Facts


Protects and polices railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Prepares reports documenting investigation activities and results.
  • Monitors transit areas and conducts security checks to protect railroad properties, patrons, and employees.
  • Apprehends or removes trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinates with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.
  • Directs security activities at derailments, fires, floods, or strikes involving railroad property.
  • Patrols railroad yards, cars, stations, or other facilities to protect company property or shipments and to maintain order.
  • Investigates or directs investigations of freight theft, suspicious damage or loss of passengers' valuables, or other crimes on railroad property.
  • Examines credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
  • Enforces traffic laws regarding the transit system and reprimands individuals who violate them.
  • Provide training to the public or law enforcement personnel in railroad safety or security.
  • Plans or implements special safety or preventive programs, such as fire or accident prevention.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Picking out a particular sound in the presence of other sounds
  • Short periods of running, jumping, or throwing
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Detecting sounds and hearing the differences between sounds of different pitch and loudness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Exerting oneself physically over long periods of time without getting out of breath
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Patrol Man --
  • Patrol Officer --
  • Patrolman --
  • Police Captain --
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  • Police Specialist --
  • Railroad Police --
  • Railroad Police Officer --
  • Transit Police Officer --