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Transit and Railroad Police Officer

What You Need to Know About Transit and Railroad Police Officer

Transit & Railroad Police Officer Job Description Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

A Day in the Life of a Transit & Railroad Police Officer

  • Examine credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
  • Direct security activities at derailments, fires, floods, or strikes involving railroad property.
  • Direct or coordinate the daily activities or training of security staff.
  • Patrol railroad yards, cars, stations, or other facilities to protect company property or shipments and to maintain order.
  • Record and verify seal numbers from boxcars containing frequently pilfered items, such as cigarettes or liquor, to detect tampering.
  • Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.

Transit & Railroad Police Officer Skills

These are the skills Transit and Railroad Police say are the most useful in their careers:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Types of Transit and Railroad Police Officer

  • Police Specialist
  • Transit Police Officer
  • Field Training Advisor
  • Railroad Police
  • Transit Specialist

Is There Going to be Demand for Transit and Railroad Police?

There were about 4,900 jobs for Transit and Railroad Police Officer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 400 new jobs for Transit and Railroad Police Officer by 2026. There will be an estimated 400 positions for Transit & Railroad Police Officer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Transit & Railroad Police Officer are Georgia, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Maryland, New Jersey, or Washington. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Transit & Railroad Police Officer

The typical yearly salary for Transit and Railroad Police is somewhere between $49,380 and $101,470.


Transit and Railroad Police who work in New Jersey, Washington, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Transit and Railroad Police make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Illinois $69,960
Indiana $71,760
Maryland $64,460
Michigan $46,910
Nevada $72,570
New Jersey $84,870
New York $81,300
Texas $59,290
Washington $83,050

Tools & Technologies Used by Transit and Railroad Police

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Transit and Railroad Police:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • SmugMug Flickr
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASP
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • Law enforcement information databases
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Crime mapping software
  • MapInfo Professional

Becoming a Transit & Railroad Police Officer

Education needed to be a Transit and Railroad Police Officer:


How Long Does it Take to Become a Transit & Railroad Police Officer?


Where do Transit and Railroad Police Work?


Transit and Railroad Police work in the following industries:


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