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Posted over 6 years ago

 

Hi


I have been a LEO for seven years. I am currently in the hiring process for Canadian Pacific Railway as an Officer. I would like to hear from current officers or previous officers who have held this position. My next step is a ride-along interview. What types of questions should I ask, what should I expect? Are there any types of advancment in this field?


Generally, what do you all think??


Thank you for your help~~


Michelle


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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Let me know how it is, when you get on.  Been thinking of doing Railway Police, when I retire in nine years.

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To update my progress, I have completed a second interview. They had a really great idea. Their second interview was a two hour ride along. I prepared about 26 various questions that pretained to the job and what to expect. I rode with two officers. One of which I had attended the police academy with seven years ago. Small world I guess! At any rate, they both did a great job answering my questions and showing me what the job entailed. Lots of B&E's. I never realized how much stuff was shipped by rail! From leather couches to toothpaste. And it all gets stolen! Evidently train robbing is a family buisness passed down generation to generation. I was able to get a good feel for the job and it seemed like all in all it will be good. It is a private organization, which means not having to deal with unions or government red tape. Profit sharing, performance bonus and a set salarie is part of the deal along with a  30 yr pension. 


I will keep you up dated on my progress. They say 6 weeks for the background. . . So, I should know more next month sometime.


 


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To update my progress, I have completed a second interview. They had a really great idea. Their second interview was a two hour ride along. I prepared about 26 various questions that pretained to the job and what to expect. I rode with two officers. One of which I had attended the police academy with seven years ago. Small world I guess! At any rate, they both did a great job answering my questions and showing me what the job entailed. Lots of B&E's. I never realized how much stuff was shipped by rail! From leather couches to toothpaste. And it all gets stolen! Evidently train robbing is a family buisness passed down generation to generation. I was able to get a good feel for the job and it seemed like all in all it will be good. It is a private organization, which means not having to deal with unions or government red tape. Profit sharing, performance bonus and a set salarie is part of the deal along with a  30 yr pension. 


I will keep you up dated on my progress. They say 6 weeks for the background. . . So, I should know more next month sometime.


 


Stay Safe!!!



30 YEARS????????????????

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Yeah, 30 years... It really sucks, because I have seven years in the field now, but because of being laid off and now with the county with a 401k, I feel like I really have lost nearly a decade towards retirement. And RETIREMENT is the whole reason I got into this field!!!!!!!!!! WTF!!!! lol


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I'm a Special Agent for the UP railroad police. You are right. The job is very interesting and it is something new everyday. From ejecting hobos from railroad property to conducting stings on modern day "train robbers", the job is very interesting. For most railroads, the pay is above average for most law enforcement.


One of the unique aspects is that the police dept. is privately owned by the railroads (similar to police at private universities). Most railroad police pay into the Federal Railroad Retirement Board (takes the place of SSI) as well as a private pension (thus two good sized retirement checks). Unfortunately, you have to do 30 years there!


I came to the railroad from working as an investigator with the state. About the only benefit I lost was being able to retire 10 years earlier (with almost half of what I make now!)


The thing to remember is that railroad policing is a combination of investigations, patrol, and security work, and it all depends on the day!

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I'm a Special Agent for the UP railroad police. You are right. The job is very interesting and it is something new everyday. From ejecting hobos from railroad property to conducting stings on modern day "train robbers", the job is very interesting. For most railroads, the pay is above average for most law enforcement.


One of the unique aspects is that the police dept. is privately owned by the railroads (similar to police at private universities). Most railroad police pay into the Federal Railroad Retirement Board (takes the place of SSI) as well as a private pension (thus two good sized retirement checks). Unfortunately, you have to do 30 years there!


I came to the railroad from working as an investigator with the state. About the only benefit I lost was being able to retire 10 years earlier (with almost half of what I make now!)


The thing to remember is that railroad policing is a combination of investigations, patrol, and security work, and it all depends on the day!



Txrailcop,


Thank you for the info! I am looking forward to this new door that has opend for me. After working four years on the road and three years in corrections, it will be a change of pace for me! Just when you think you've learned all of the interesting things you can learn- there is a whole new world around the corner!!


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Rate This | Posted about 6 years ago

 

I think this has been the best years of my LE career.  the days are long at times but the end result is well worth it. I have told other people that you could not blow me out of this job with a stick of dynamite.  good luck to you and your new job

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Ok, I plan to retire at 25 w/FHP. I had been strongly considering trying to get into railroad policing. However, I would do it with the idea of working towards a 2nd retirement. I know I can't do 30 years, is there a point where you are vested and will draw something as a retirement? If so how long? Is the some railroads that have like profit sharing or 401K or something to that end that would really not depend on you staying for a set number of years? Thanks

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Ok, I plan to retire at 25 w/FHP. I had been strongly considering trying to get into railroad policing. However, I would do it with the idea of working towards a 2nd retirement. I know I can't do 30 years, is there a point where you are vested and will draw something as a retirement? If so how long? Is the some railroads that have like profit sharing or 401K or something to that end that would really not depend on you staying for a set number of years? Thanks



Your vested in the Federal RR retirement after 5 years.  I've been with UP police for about 4 years now in Chicago.  I was a "street" cop for 8 years prior to that.  It was the best career move that I have ever made. 


I will say this though.  Its not for a new officer.  If you still enjoy running from call to call and turning on your lights and sirens, this job is not for you.  Its more surveillance type of work and security checks.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Irishbull is correct. The job is definitely not for those who have the lights and sirens out of their system. Depending on what state you are in, you can still do traffic (as it relates to railroad violations), but for the most part we are confined to our railyards and right-of-ways. Most states have literally thousands of miles of track (12,000 here in Texas). Due to Federal statute, we have the authority to temporarily work in other states and still be afforded full peace officer status. It is a very unique job and I enjoy every bit of it.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

That gives me something to think about. After 25 years w/FHP I'll be 49, I should surely have the lights and sirens out of my system and I figure I'm good for another 10 years w/out killing over in the car. I do want to try to enjoy some of my retirement.

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Buy a good pair of walking boots. Never walk on the railhead. Step over, not on the rail and don't trip on the ballast.  Always remember, a train can come from any direction at any time. Develop a 32" walking stride and you'll go far being a "Cinder Dick".


Stay safe always and always have fun doing it!

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Rate This | Posted over 5 years ago

 

Does anyone know anything about FEMA Police???? I applied and wanted to know if anyone has any info???!!! Thanks!