Message from the Chief
The Amtrak Police Department is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and patrons of Amtrak. With more than 500 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.
In 1973, I began my law enforcement career as a police officer with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., later becoming an undercover officer assigned to the narcotics and prostitution unit. In 1978, I was promoted to Detective Grade II, investigating felony cases, and in 1990, I was promoted to Detective Grade I. At that time, I began investigating high‑profile cases including law enforcement line of duty deaths. In 1994, I became established in the Gang Intelligence Unit and was eventually assigned to an FBI Safe Streets Task Force, which investigated gang violence toward law enforcement.
I retired from the Metropolitan Police Department in July 2000, but chose to remain with the agency as a civilian employee, where I developed and eventually headed the Department’s Joint Operations Command Center. I also worked as the Law Enforcement Intelligence Coordinator, where I spearheaded efforts by federal, regional, state, and local law enforcement agencies to band together to thwart crime and fight terrorism.
I left the Metropolitan Police Department to work in the Intelligence Analysis Unit of the United States Capitol Police, where I served primarily as a liaison with the Department of Homeland Security. I was responsible for assessing threats to the U.S. Capitol Complex; researching and reviewing assessments concerning terrorist tactics and methods; and preparing threat assessments for high-profile events such as the State of the Union Address, Presidential Inauguration, and political conventions.
Since 2007, I have been a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Committee on Terrorism.
I joined the Amtrak Police Department in January 2006 as an Inspector, and I was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police in 2013 in which I commanded the Special Operation Division, comprised of the Counterterrorism-Intelligence Unit, Special Operation Unit, and the Canine (K9) Unit. I served as the Interim Chief of the Amtrak Police Department for five months before I was appointed Chief of Police on February 14, 2017.
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 Neil Trugman
Chief Trugman has received numerous awards and commendations, including the prestigious Medal of Valor, Medal of Honor, and Silver Medal of Valor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York; attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice and often serves as a lecturer at various law enforcement conferences.