Careers With The APD
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:
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
The Amtrak Police Department conducts in depth background investigations to consider an applicant’s eligibility and suitability for employment.
Applicants should be aware that certain conditions standing alone or in combination may be cause to disqualify an applicant candidate from employment with the Amtrak Police Department.
Below is a list of some of the more common reasons that an applicant may be disqualified from obtaining a railroad police officer position. This list is not intended to be all inclusive and is provided for informational purposes only:
Motor vehicle records
State Railroad Police Commission Laws, Procedures and Standards
It is important to remember that state law and state agency procedures for an applicant to obtain a railroad police commission vary and often establish a separate and distinct set of criteria for getting a railroad police commission in addition to what the Amtrak Police Department may initially evaluate. There also may be other police certification and police training requirements. Further, the state police can also perform a subsequent background investigation or conduct a review of the Amtrak Police Department’s background investigation. As a result, it is highly recommended that you review the state statutes, regulations and requirements for becoming a railroad police officer in the state you anticipate applying for a railroad police commission, including police officer training and eligibility criteria.
Please note that the above is intended as guidance to help applicants better understand railroad police background investigations and applicable state railroad police laws and regulations.
Each Amtrak Police Department background investigation and railroad police commission application is considered on its own merits.
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
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.
Applicants who are unsuccessful are eligible to reapply one year after the date of disqualification.
Salary and Benefits