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Transit & Railroad Police

Also called: Patrolman, Railroad Police, Railroad Police Officer, Transit Police Officer

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What they do:
Protect and police railroad and transit property, employees, or passengers.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare reports documenting investigation activities and results.
  • Monitor transit areas and conduct security checks to protect railroad properties, patrons, and employees.
  • Apprehend or remove trespassers or thieves from railroad property or coordinate with law enforcement agencies in apprehensions and removals.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management
  • movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly
  • recognize spoken words
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Leadership
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Law enforcement information databases
Map creation software
  • Crime mapping software
  • MapInfo Professional
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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