Transit and Railroad Police Job Description

The Transit and Railroad Police protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.

Tasks requirement for Transit and Railroad Police

  • The Transit and Railroad Police patrol railroad yards, cars, stations, and other facilities to protect company property and shipments and to maintain order.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police examine credentials of unauthorized persons attempting to enter secured areas.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.

  • The Transit and Railroad Police investigates or directs investigations of freight theft, suspicious damage or loss of passengers’ valuables, and other crimes on railroad property.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police directs security activities at derailments, fires, floods, and strikes involving railroad property.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police direct and coordinate the daily activities and training of security staff.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police interview neighbors, associates, and former employers of job applicants to verify personal references and to obtain work history data.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police record and verify seal numbers from boxcars containing frequently pilfered items, such as cigarettes and liquor, to detect tampering.
  • The Transit and Railroad Police plan and implement special safety and preventive programs, such as fire and accident prevention.

The Transit and Railroad Police needs knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. The Transit and Railroad Police needs knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. The knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. The Transit and Railroad Police needs knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. The Transit and Railroad Police needs knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills and Abilities for the Transit and Railroad Police

The Transit and Railroad Police must give 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. The Transit and Railroad Police uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. The Transit and Railroad Police talk to others to convey information effectively. The Transit and Railroad Police must be able to communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. The Transit and Railroad Police needs the ability to understand written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. They must also be aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do. The Transit and Railroad Police select and use instructional methods and procedures appreciate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. They must have the ability to persuade others to change their minds or behavior. The Transit and Railroad Police must understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making. The Transit and Railroad Police needs the ability to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

The Transit and Railroad Police needs the ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. The Transit and Railroad Police need the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. The Transit and Railroad Police need the ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. This means they need the ability to understand deductive and inductive reasoning. This includes the ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. Then they Transit and Railroad Police need the ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions which includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events. They must have the ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

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