Police Officer - Oakland, Martinez

Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: Oakland, California, US, 94607

Company: Amtrak

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Performs general police duties, processes and operations for the protection of life and property and enforces federal, state and local laws, prevents crime and preserves peace in a railroad surface transportation environment. (Position may be located in Oakland, Stockton, or Martinez, CA)


•    Responsible for the safety and protection of all persons, including passengers, employees and property.
•    Performs patrol duties on foot and in a police vehicle for prolonged periods of time.
•    Performs security and safety activities at incidents, including, but not limited to, derailments, floods, fires, hazardous material incidents, special trains, and company functions involving railroad property and responsibility.
•    Responds to call for service and assistance, identifies hazards and takes proactive steps to resolve problems.
•    Arrests and detains offenders, conducts thorough preliminary and follow-up investigations to solve crimes and reduce criminal opportunities, conducts searches and seizures and serves warrants. 
•    Effectively deals with individuals under various circumstances to resolve disputes and neutralize hostilities, mediates disputes; assists individuals who are sick and need assistance, administers first aid when necessary.
•    Maintains proficiency and safely operates police equipment, including vehicles, computers and weapons, including a firearm.
•    Communicates verbally in person and by radio; presents testimony and evidence in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings; maintains open line of communications with law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, internal and external partners, as necessary or when directed.
•    Records information and prepares a variety of detailed reports with clearly organized thoughts and conclusions.  
•    Reads, interprets and applies federal, state and local laws and regulations, railroad and department policies and procedures.


•    Seeking laterals and recently retired law enforcement professionals. Must possess a valid California P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate upon appointment.  Minimum of one-year experience as a full-time, sworn patrol officer with a California police or sheriff’s department, and have passed a patrol field training program and probationary period.  Attach current California Basic Certificate with resume. Must be a United States citizen or have the ability to work in the United States. Active and recently retired California Police Officers are encouraged to apply.
•    Must be a United States citizen or meet the immigration requirements in the state where they will hold a railroad police officer commission.
•    Must be 21 years of age.
•    Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment.

•    High school diploma or GED.

•    Must be able to pass all components of the police application process, including: a physical agility test meeting the following standards: Bench Press: 57% of applicant’s weight; Illinois Agility run: 20.6 seconds; 300 meter run: 92 seconds; push ups: 12; and 1.5 mile run: 19:45 minutes; an interview; a psychological examination and an in-depth background investigation and a job related physical exam.
•    Ability to obtain a railroad police commission from the State of California.

•    Current California P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Basic Certificate or higher.
•    Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.


The hourly rate is: 1 full year of prior service at probationary rate - $43.6973/hour ($90,890/year) , 4-5 full years of prior service at probationary rate - $47.679/hour ($99,173/year) (with opportunity for increases, as per the applicable collective bargaining agreement, after beginning employment). Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401k retirement plan; life insurance; paid time off; reimbursement of education; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Some benefits are subject to the collective bargaining agreement. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.


Requisition ID:160055
Posting Location(s):California
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.


All positions require pre-employment background check verification, a pre-employment drug screen and proof of full vaccination against COVID -19. Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. Marijuana, notwithstanding any statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use.  Candidates who engage in the usage of marijuana will not be qualified for hire.   Successful applicants for employment with Amtrak must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire as a condition of employment, subject to requests for accommodation.  Fully vaccinated means 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 14 days since receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 


In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.

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