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How to Become a Transit and Railroad Police Officer: Protecting Our Roads and Railroads

Transit and railroad police are a specialized police agency or unit that protect and police railroad and transit property, employees or passengers. Transit and railroad police may be employed directly by a transit system or serve as a specialized unit of a local police force. Their duties include issuing citations and warnings to those who break the law, writing reports, patrolling, and conducting or directing investigations. Typically, becoming a transit and railroad police officer requires you to undergo extensive training on the job and through your agency’s training academy. The education requirements vary, ranging from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree or higher. Relevant areas of study include degrees in homeland security, law enforcement, and criminal justice. With experience, a transit and railroad police officer could become a supervisor. To build your career, begin researching homeland security programs today!

For information on a related career, read our full article on How to Become a Police Officer.

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