Transit and Railroad Police
On the Job
Transit and Railroad Police protect property, employees, or passengers that use railroads or public transit.
This career requires physical strength and good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Prepare investigation or incident reports.
- Record information about suspicious objects.
- Examine personal documentation to ensure that it is valid.
- Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents.
- Apprehend criminal suspects.
- Block physical access to restricted areas.
- Enforce rules or regulations.
- Interview people to obtain information about actions or status of individuals.
- Investigate illegal or suspicious activities.
- Maintain surveillance of individuals or establishments.
Typical Working Conditions
- Using e-mail.
- Working in a closed vehicle or equipment.
- Dealing with external customers.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
- Frequent decision-making.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Being in situations in which conflicts arise.
- Exposure to contaminants (like gases or odors).
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Exposure to hazardous conditions.
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