Careers at the Amtrak Police Department

Minimum Qualifications

Police Officer Communications Officer Security Officer

At least 21 years of age.

At least 18 years of age.

At least 18 years of age.

United States citizen or have the right to work in the United States.

United States citizen or have the right to work in the United States.

United States citizen or have the right to work in the United States.

High school diploma or GED.

Certificate of completion of a basic training program at a state authorized police training academy or current related experience as a police officer or similar law enforcement experience preferred. An Associate’s Dgree or 60 hours/credits from an acccredited college or university preferred.

High school diploma or GED.

High school diploma or GED.

Eligible for a valid driver’s license. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required prior to appointment.

N/A

Eligible for a valid driver’s license. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required prior to appointment.

Able to obtain a police commission within the state in which assigned or in state of residence.

Accurate typing speed of 35 words per minute

N/A

Able to pass all aspects of the selection process.

Able to pass all aspects of the selection process.

Able to pass all aspects of the selection process.

Selection Process

Stage 1 - Position Posting and Resume Review

Selected applicants who meet or exceed basic qualifications for employment will be scheduled for the Orientation/Testing.

Stage 1.1 - Physical Agility Testing*

The position of Police Officer requires applicants to meet Physical Agility Standards and Requirements, which include:

Test

Standard

1 bench press

57% of your body weight

Agility run

20.6 seconds

300 meter run

92 seconds

Push-up

12

1.5 mile run

19 min 45 sec

Stage 2 - Orientation/Testing

The candidate will be provided with an application. The written examination (police and security officers), typing test (communication officers) and pre-offer written psychological test (police officers only) will be administered at the Orientation.

Stage 3 - Interview

Successful candidates will undergo an oral interview after written testing at the Orientation Stage.

Stage 4 - Candidate Background Investigation

All candidates will be subjected to a background investigation.

Stage 4.1 - Post-Offer Psychological Examinations*

Candidates who successfully complete the interview phase will be administered a post-offer psychological examination. Candidates that have successfully completed the above stages will be scheduled for an interview with a psychologist.

Stage 5 - Final non-medical stage

All interviews, testing, and background investigations are completed and reviewed.

Stage 6 - Medical Examination

Candidates must successfully pass a medical examination and drug test for use of illegal substances.

Stage 7 - Candidate Notification

All candidates who successfully completed all stages of the selection process and who will be offered a position will be notified by a Human Capital Department representative.

Note: The entire selection process may take up to 12 months to complete.

*Police Officers Only

Probationary Period

Candidates eligible for appointment to the Amtrak Police Department will be subject to a 12 month probationary period from the date of railroad commission receipt. Probationary members must successfully complete training relevant to their position.

Reapplication Procedure

Applicants who are unsuccessful are eligible to reapply one year after the date of disqualification.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary competitve with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Lateral entry pay - Prior service credit may be available when applicable.
  • Opportunity for promotion after two years of continuous service.
  • Medical and dental plans.
  • Paid life insurance.
  • Participation in a 401K retirement plan.
  • Railroad retirement benefits.
  • Uniforms, weapons and equipment provided by the Department.
  • Paid vacation.
  • Tuition reimbursement plan.
  • Free rail travel privileges for yourself, and your dependents on Amtrak trains nationwide.

Career Opportunities

Amtrak is an equal opportunity employer, and offers competitive salaries and benefits. Amtrak does not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran’s status. Amtrak administers its hiring, discipline, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and all other company activities in compliance with this policy.

In order to find out about current job openings at Amtrak visit: www.amtrak.com/careers

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