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Message from the Chief

Chief Dotson

The Amtrak Police Department is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and patrons of Amtrak. With more than 450 sworn and civilian personnel located at more than 30 locations in 46 states, we conduct a range of behind-the-scenes and front line security measures to ensure Amtrak employee, passenger, and infrastructure safety and security.

Prior to Amtrak, I served as the Chief of Police for St. Louis, Mo., from December 2012 until my retirement in 2018. In this role, I managed the department’s $180 million budget and oversaw more than 1,300 sworn officers and 500 civilian employees. I served in numerous investigative and administrative roles, and supported local planning for high-profile events, including Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, and the visit of Pope John Paul II in St. Louis. Additionally, I served as a Security Manager for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and most recently as Director of Security for the Washington Nationals Baseball Club.

While the men and women of the Amtrak Police Department work diligently to keep you safe by patrolling our stations, tracks and trains, protecting “America’s Railroad” does not end there.

Amtrak passenger and employee vigilance is an extremely valuable and effective crime prevention tool, and I encourage everyone to report suspicious items, persons, or activity, and unattended bags or objects immediately to the Amtrak Police Department by contacting a uniformed officer, calling (800) 331-0008, sending a text to APD11 (27311), or calling 911.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our webpage.

Chief Sam Dotson


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