Careers With The APD

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 Degree or 60 hours/credits from an accredited 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.


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


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:



1 bench press

57% of your body weight

Agility run

20.6 seconds

300 meter run

92 seconds



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

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:

Criminal history

  • Convictions for felonies and misdemeanors, particularly where the penalty can be a year or more in jail
  • Convictions uniquely related to the police officer position, for example assault, perjury, illegal possession and use of drugs, DUI, convictions involving children or the elderly, etc.
  • Having an open arrest warrant or being on probation for a crime

Motor vehicle records

  • Poor overall driving history
  • Recent driving history (for example, 5 years from date of application) that lists   sustained moving violations, license suspensions, accidents or a DUI conviction(s)

Administrative process

  • Any falsification of information or facts in a document or in an oral statement
  • Material misstatement of facts, alteration or manipulation of records
  • Lack of candor by failing to disclose relevant facts or information, omitting facts or information or not producing records during the application and background investigation process.
  • Missing any scheduled appointment during the process without prior permission or failure to provide records and documents in a timely manner.


Employment history

  • Record of poor work performance including annual evaluations or supervisor reviews
  • Discipline record (including military) for abuse of leave, theft, insubordination, dereliction of duty, workplace violence, acts constituting harassment or discrimination (ex. race, gender, age, etc.) or persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations, etc.
  • Dismissals or furloughs related to work performance or conduct


Military Service

  • Dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.

Financial Responsibility

  • Established pattern of expenditures exceeding income resulting in debts going to collection absent unexpected or unusual expenses (ex. health care), unexpected business losses, or employment layoffs, reductions in force or other reasonable problems which caused financial difficulties.

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

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.


Employment Opportunities 

If you are interested in employment opportunities at Amtrak, please visit the Amtrak Career site.