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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.

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 (All positions)

The Amtrak Police Department uses a multi-stage selection process to identify the best qualified candidates for employment.  Applicants must successfully complete all stages of the selection process before an offer of employment can be made.  Due to the number of applications received, the Amtrak Police Department may select only the best qualified candidates to advance to the next stage of the process.  All applications will be reviewed and every applicant will be informed of their status following each stage of the process.

Stage 1 - Resume Review (All positions)

Selected applicants who meet or exceed basic qualifications for employment will be scheduled for the Orientation and Written Testing.

Stage 2 - Orientation/Testing (All positions)

The written examination (police and security officers), typing test (communication officers) and pre-offer written psychological test (police officers only) will be administered following the orientation. 

Stage 3 - Physical Agility Testing (Police Officer position only)

The position of Police Officer requires applicants to meet minimum physical agility standards necessary for the performance of police duties.  The video link below provides additional information on these tests.



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 4 - Panel Interview (all positions)

Successful candidates will scheduled for a structured oral interview.

Stage 5 - Candidate Background Investigation (All positions)

For all positions:  The Amtrak Police Department conducts an in depth background investigation to determine an applicant’s eligibility and suitability for employment.

For Police Officer positions:  applicants may not be selected for further employment consideration if their background includes one or more of the following issues.  This list is not intended to be all inclusive and is provided for informational purposes to assist prospective candidates in assessing their qualifications.

Criminal history

  • A conviction for one or more felonies.
  • A conviction for one or more serious misdemeanors within the past 24 months from the date of application. A serious misdemeanor is any offense punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year. (NOTE: A candidate will not be considered even if the actual sentence imposed was less than one year imprisonment.)
  • A conviction uniquely related to issues of public trust and a candidate’s fitness to fulfill the duties of a police officer position; for example, assault, perjury, illegal possession and use of drugs, DUI, crimes involving children or the elderly, etc.
  • Having an open arrest warrant, being on probation for a crime, or while any criminal charge is pending.

Motor vehicle driving record

  • A conviction for one or more of the following offenses within the past 24 months: Reckless Driving or similar offense, Hit and Run, DUI or Refusal to Submit to a DUI test, Driving on a Revoked License or Driving Without Required Insurance.
  • A poor overall driving record as evidenced by license suspensions, at-fault accidents and/or multiple moving violations in the past 5 years.

Employment history

  • A record of poor overall work performance, including evaluations and supervisory reviews.
  • Discipline and/or specific violations involving abuse of leave, theft, insubordination, dereliction of duty, workplace violence, acts constituting workplace harassment or discrimination, or a persistent failure to follow established policies and regulations.
  • Dismissal, or voluntary separation in lieu of discipline, related to work performance or conduct.

Military Service

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

Financial Responsibility

  • An established pattern of financial irresponsibility 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 can result in financial difficulties.

Applicant Process Issues

  • Any falsification of information or facts in a document or in an oral statement.
  • Any 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 failing to produce requested information during the application and background investigation process.
  • Missing any scheduled appointment during the process without prior notification and an acceptable reason.

Note to Police Officer Applicants regarding State Railroad Police Commission Laws, Procedures and Standards

The following information is intended as guidance to help applicants better understand the applicable state railroad police laws and regulations and their impact on the Amtrak background investigation process:

Amtrak police officers derive their legal authority from the railroad commissioning laws in each state. Typically an Amtrak police officer is commissioned in either the state of their residence or the state in which they will work. Where states have created minimum hiring, training or certification requirements, candidates must meet the minimum hiring standards for both Amtrak and the state in which they will be commissioned. State laws 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, the state may perform its own background investigation or review the Amtrak Police Department’s background investigation. If you are selected, your background investigator will review with you the state statutes, regulations and requirements for becoming a commissioned railroad police officer in the applicable state.

Stage 6 - Post-Offer Psychological Examinations (Police Officer applicants only) 

Candidates must successfully pass a post-offer psychological examination, including an interview with a psychologist.

Stage 7 - Selection by Chief of Police or designee(s) (All positions)

The Chief of Police or her designee(s) will review the applicant package of candidates who successfully complete all stages of the selection process.  When a vacancy exists, the selected candidate(s) will be offered a position by a Human Capital Department representative.  

Stage 8 - Medical Examination (All positions)

Candidates must successfully pass a medical examination by a licensed physician and pass a drug screening test for use of controlled and/or illegal substances.

Note: The entire selection process may take up to 12 months to complete.

Probationary Period (All positions)

New employees of the Amtrak Police Department are subject to a 12 month probationary period.  The probationary period for police officers starts on the date of receipt of their railroad police commission. Probationary members must successfully complete all required training for their position.

Reapplication Procedure (All positions)

Applicants who are not offered a position are eligible to reapply one year after notification that they were not qualified, or, were not selected to continue further in the applicant process.

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary competitive with other law enforcement agencies.
  • Officer:  $48,000.00 - $70,000.00 based on location, level of training, and years of prior experience.
  • Communications Officer:  $42,453.00 (start @ 90%).
  • Security Officer:  $36,712.00 (start @ 90%).
  • Lateral entry pay - Prior service credit may be available when applicable for the police officer position.
  • Opportunity for specialized assignment/promotion after two years of continuous service for the police officer position.
  • 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.

Amtrak Careers Portal

For further information about a career at Amtrak please visit the Amtrak Careers Portal.


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