The Amtrak Police Department (APD) launched a new method for customers and employees to report suspicious activity, crime, or emergencies by introducing APD11 “txt-a-tip,” a program that allows contacting the Amtrak Police Department’s National Communications Center via SMS text messaging.
Contacting the Amtrak Police Department by text is another tactic in our multi-layered approach to protecting America’s Railroad. Our customers and frontline employees provide an extra line of defense by being an additional set of eyes and ears while in or around our stations, trains, facilities or right-of-way, and now they can report crime or suspicious activity in a convenient and discreet method, by text message.
“Txt-a-tip” follows similar response procedures that are in place when a report is called into the Amtrak Police 800 number. Passengers can now simply report suspected criminal or suspicious activity by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone or to 27311 from a standard cell phone (Messaging and Data rates may apply. Txt HELP for help, txt STOP to cancel). When a text is received, the sender will receive a message acknowledging the report, and will then be connected to a live Amtrak Police Communications Officer who will correspond directly via text message with the person to learn more about the situation and determine the appropriate action.
This initiative is part of a continued effort by Amtrak to provide additional communication options for passengers and employees who are deaf or may have hearing loss, allowing easy and efficient communication of emergency information to the APD.