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Old 07-11-2022, 1:13 PM
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My neighbor's son just will be graduating from Goldenwest academy. He was self sponsored. He stated he wanted to apply for the RR position that is currently open for BNSF and Union Pacific. We know the duties of the city and County cops/deputy does but what about the RR police? what are their working hours? I heard they were salary employee? not hourly?

Any info would be great so I can pass it along to my neighbor.
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Old 07-11-2022, 7:26 PM
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I believe there was a thread a couple years ago asking about that position but I dont remember if there was much info.
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Old 07-13-2022, 8:54 AM
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Click on the below links:
http://www.therailroadpolice.com/history

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/ra...rmation-974842
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Old 07-14-2022, 7:06 PM
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I didn't even know such a thing existed to be honest, this is the first I hear of the "railroad police", will have to look into it.
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Old 07-14-2022, 7:10 PM
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I heard they get railroaded by their union.....





I'll see myself out.
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Old 07-17-2022, 1:47 PM
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They operate like resident deputies and are assigned to a yard. Usually, they have to live within a certain distance (30 minutes) from that yard, as they have a take home unit. Great retirement gig for someone that retires at 50 and still wants to work some.
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I heard they get railroaded by their union.....





I'll see myself out.
No joke, but they do! My friend lateraled to CSX railroad police in Arizona because he wanted a “lower profile” job from Los Angeles…. (Ok, whatever floats one’s boat…). Well after 14 years with them and a promotion to a sergeant’s equivalent, they were all laid off by the new CEO of CSX. Their union couldn’t do squat for them as they were “at will” employees for a private company, with peace officer powers, but really had no civil service protections like most local government police agencies do. Sadly, they were all azz-out above the rank of Sgt. It really sucked for them. The CEO did it with the approval of the board in order to “save money.” So yeah, they got railroaded….. literally.

Fortunately, my buddy got hired as a lateral with Arizona DPS (like California Highway patrol). But many didn’t get hired back into LE jobs and that’s all they knew how to do. I heard it was hell for many of them.
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Old 07-30-2022, 9:02 PM
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I knew one a while back. Union Pacific Police. He had worked in three different states and had to meet POST requirements for every state he was stationed in. He had been through 3 different academy's.
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If your neighbors son wants to police, railroad isn’t it. I met a few and I know Amtrak has police, I’d do that before Union Pacific. But its a chill job. They basically investigate crimes on railroad property and make sure no one messes with the trains and tracks.

Sworn and LEO powers on-duty, but I think most companies put preference into “laterals”. If he want’s something low-profile, he should look into the CSU/UC or Community College police agencies.
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I met some RR Police before but they were all retirees from other agencies going for another check.

Sounds like it is a glorified Security Guard job just like the US Postal Police
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At least for Union Pacific: you are assigned a territory (and it is usually large).
You are salary, not hourly. Take home vehicle.
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Good to hear, got a buddy that was interested in becoming a railroad cop but will show him this thread, may sway him away from becoming one.
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