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Anyone have any details on these guys? I see them at south station all the time, sometimes with working dogs. Jurisidiction? Pay? Academy? etc....
 

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I might be wrong, but I think Amtrak is subsidised by the Fedreal Gov't, so they might have jurisdiction all over the place.

I've seen them down in Washington DC at Union Station.
 

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I used to know an Amtrak PO but it's been about 10 years since I've seen him. Things there were pretty quiet at that time and he would regularly visit us to kill some time. His dispatcher was operating out of Philly PA and I believe he went to the Glynco Fletc Academy. I couldn't tell you anything specific about what the pay is but at the time it was considerably lower than what the MBTA PD was making.
 

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I listen to them on occassion and yup, nights at least, the dispatcher is indeed in Philly.
 

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Just trying to translate... Would 22c-51 entitle them to Ch.90?
HELL NO!!!!!!
CH22C (sspo) does NOT confer any CH90!
 
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HELL NO!!!!!!
CH22C (sspo) does NOT confer any CH90!
Motor vehicle law is not some sort of sacred cow that only certain types of police officers are empowered to enforce. Any SSPO has the authority to enforce traffic laws, it's just they usually don't have access to citation books which makes civil infractions impossible and criminal matters difficult to process.

Remember the definition of "police officer" according to 90C-1; any officer, other than an investigator or examiner of the transportation division of the department of telecommunications and energy, authorized to make arrests or serve criminal process....

Anyone with a SSPO commission satisfies that requirement.
 

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Amtrak Police is quasi-federal, meaning federally funded but still a private corp. They recently got a big pay increase, start about 41K, but I believe they gave up quite a bit to get it.

From some other forums, morale could be better as well as mngt. They do train at FLETC but you're limited to the train station, track lines and you do ride trains.

Sounds like it could be an interesting gig. Keep in mind some areas have a highturnover....
 

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K-9's are big now. They are sent to LAckland airforce base in TX and in Alabama. Starting pay is 44K to start in the academy. After academy 46K, and top pay is 72k without the % increases for the next couple years. Top step does take 26 years to reach. No chapter 90 in MA except for at the RR crossings, but do have full MV powers in CT and in RI. Attended full time federal academy in Glynco, GA. OT comes and goes. Concurrent Jurisdiction with the T, except for Federal stuff. Work out of South station in Boston as well as Providence RI. A lot of territory to cover but you are able to move around alot. Retirement plan is very very good.

Amtrak Police is quasi-federal, meaning federally funded but still a private corp. They recently got a big pay increase, start about 41K, but I believe they gave up quite a bit to get it.

From some other forums, morale could be better as well as mngt. They do train at FLETC but you're limited to the train station, track lines and you do ride trains.

Sounds like it could be an interesting gig. Keep in mind some areas have a highturnover....
Did give up a lot in the contract..no seniority, bid jobs, have to pay for medical now. Morale is very low, and most of the officers have 30+ years on the job between Boston and Providence, so they dont want to do anything. Do have to ride trains when the stupidvisors are around, but can make it work for yourself. South Station does have 10's of thousands of people passing through it daily, so there are a lot of people to watch and a lot of people to deal with. Have a constant homeless, drunks and drug user problem between the train and bus station, so you are constantly running into people who are up to nothing good.
 

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Any SSPO has the authority to enforce traffic laws, it's just they usually don't have access to citation books which makes civil infractions impossible and criminal matters difficult to process.

Remember the definition of "police officer" according to 90C-1; any officer, other than an investigator or examiner of the transportation division of the department of telecommunications and energy, authorized to make arrests or serve criminal process....

Anyone with a SSPO commission satisfies that requirement.
Bruce,
You're the man, but your technically wrong here for several reasons;
1. Many of SSPO's jurisdictions don't have any public ways.
2. The statutory authority conveyed within CH22C does not, on it's own, refer to Ch.90, or traffic control etc. like CH 73/s.18 State & Community,
CH75 UMass, or CH15A/s22 laws do.
3. As you stated earlier, most SSPO's can't get Uniform Citation books for technical reasons, and so in addition, you're wrong from a practical perspective as well.

I'm only saying I strongly disagree with you in the narrow context of SSPO's having CH.90 authority. Again, with exception of Sheriff Powers, town special appointment or whatever, SSPO's don't have CH.90
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1. Many of SSPO's jurisdictions don't have any public ways.
That's irrelevant.

2. The statutory authority conveyed within CH22C does not, on it's own, refer to Ch.90, or traffic control etc. like CH 73/s.18 State & Community,
CH75 UMass, or CH15A/s22 laws do.
41-98 makes no reference to motor vehicle law or traffic control either, so I guess I don't have Chapter 90? :cool:

3. As you stated earlier, most SSPO's can't get Uniform Citation books for technical reasons, and so in addition, you're wrong from a practical perspective as well.
That has no bearing whatsoever on their legal authority to enforce motor vehicle law. The fact they don't have access to pieces of paper to enforce those laws is a foolish technicality of 90C-1's definition of "police chief".

I'm only saying I strongly disagree with you in the narrow context of SSPO's having CH.90 authority. Again, with exception of Sheriff Powers, town special appointment or whatever, SSPO's don't have CH.90
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As a matter of law, you're simply incorrect. I understand you don't like SSPO for state colleges & community colleges, and while I agree with you there, until the legislature changes the wording of 90C-1 for the definition of "police officer", SSPO's most certainly do have the authority to enforce motor vehicle law.
 

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Anyone have any details on these guys? I see them at south station all the time, sometimes with working dogs. Jurisidiction? Pay? Academy? etc....
It is very political to get a job at Amtrak!! I took the test in 1999 and there were 500 applicants. Only 50 took the test and it was pass/fail!!
 

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Well, it looks like there's an opening in Los Angeles.

I feel that when it comes to info on Amtrak PD, ride1620 seems to be the authority. The job seems to have it's good and bad like all jobs.

Pay appears good and no doubt there's a railpass for employees. My Grandfather and Uncle had one when they worked for the railroad as did my Dad when he worked for them YEARS ago. Small perk, but it's something to consider when travelling.
 
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