Police Sergeant - Portland

Date: Jul 3, 2024

Location: Portland, Oregon, US, 97209

Company: Amtrak

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As we move America’s workforce toward the future, Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to our employees.


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Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First’ are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, ‘Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak. By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.



This position supervises officers in the "completion of their duties and to provide assistance to APD Command or his/her designee.” This position also is responsible for safety and protection of all persons and property and the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws.

  • Demonstrates a working knowledge of and ensures subordinate compliance with corporate and departmental rules, regulations, and policies.
  • Supervises police staff.
  • Enforces Federal, State and Local laws; takes police action as required to protect passengers, employees, members of the public and corporate property.
  • Conducts roll call and holds meetings as needed; inspects Police Officers for appearance, readiness and preparation for duty; equipment and briefs officers on prior shifts activity; designates officer’s assignments, disseminates information (ex. crime information, safety hazards or conditions, DRCTM, training or other relevant orders and bulletins).
  • Receives and/or investigates complaints or allegations of misconduct against employees of the department and handles accordingly.
  • Notes conditions which may affect public safety and takes appropriate action to assure that persons and property are safeguarded, and good order is maintained.
  • Monitors and supervises all police activity in and outside of station, including right-of-way patrol and provides direction in emergency or unusual circumstances.
  • Assigns/alters work duties, patrol vehicles, and patrol areas, approves schedule changes and adjusts staffing requirements accordingly.
  • Reviews and approves officer’s written reports through the RMS system.
  • Takes immediate corrective action, when informed of or observing unsafe acts of employees.
  • Initiates productive lines of communication with other Amtrak departments, outside agencies and miscellaneous groups.
  • Interacts with employees and the public in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrates command presence.
  • Evaluates  performance  of  officers;  provides  career  counseling  and recommends training.
  • Prepares reports as required, keeps Command advised of unusual situations and performs duties as assigned.



Annual: 5 Year Lateral (First Year at 95%) – $137,046, After 1 year probation – $144,259, Top Step (100%) – $159,042.


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.


  • Safety: The incumbent acts to establish safety as an integral and continuous part of all processes and procedures. The incumbent recognizes and acts upon the premise that safety is a responsibility of all employees. The incumbent identifies hazards and acts pro-actively to protect employees and the public. The incumbent develops and maintains rail security partnerships related to Operation Lifesaver outreach programs.
  • Enforcement/Investigation/Patrol: The incumbent conducts preliminary investigation/takes enforcement action, when necessary, according to established law and departmental standards. The incumbent performs patrol related duties to include responding to calls for service, and assisting passengers, patrons, and employees, of the corporation.
  • Administrative Activities: The incumbent submits grammatically correct, legibly written reports and memoranda on a timely basis. The incumbent maintains required investigation files. The incumbent assists by making recommendations as to staffing levels, schedule changes, use of sick time, and analyzes vehicle maintenance and other administrative procedures and activities related to unit.
  • Supervisory Activities: The incumbent monitors the performance of subordinates and makes corrections/recommendations when deficiencies-are noted. The incumbent inspects subordinates for fitness for duty, conducts and/or monitors roll calls, and inspects equipment/vehicles for operational readiness and safety. The incumbent also keeps commander apprised of unusual circumstances.
  • Communication: The incumbent maintains a regular line of communication with law enforcement, judicial, and administrative groups and develops liaison-when possible. Employee testimony in court or administrative hearing is clear and provides all relevant information. Incumbent keeps supervisor abreast of condition, which could impact upon police operations. Incumbent notifies victim and witness on court and administrative activities.
  • Training: The incumbent maintains a regular line of communication with law enforcement, judicial, and administrative groups and develops liaison-when possible. Employee testimony in court or administrative hearing is clear and provides all relevant information. Incumbent keeps supervisor abreast of condition, which could impact upon police operations. Incumbent notifies victim and witness on court and administrative activities.
  • Employee Performance Appraisal: The incumbent participates in the performance appraisal process according to established procedures. The incumbent presents timely and accurate appraisals of subordinates.
  • Customer Oriented Policing: The incumbent actively displays the Customer Oriented Policing philosophy by developing partnerships with customers and applying problem-solving techniques in the consistent delivery of quality police service.




  • Must be a United States citizen or meet the immigration requirements in the state of Oregon.
  • Must be 21 years of age.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment.
  • Highschool diploma or GED.
  • Must possess a valid Basic Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training "DPSST" certification.
  • Must be able to pass all components of the police application process including: a physical agility test, an interview, a psychological examination and an in-depth background investigation and a job-related physical examination.
  • Ability to obtain a railroad police commission for the State of Oregon.



  • Lateral or recently retired law enforcement professional from a Public Safety Standards and Training certified law enforcement agency.
  • Supervisor/sergeant experience or equivalent at a DPSST certified law enforcement agency
  • Problem Solving: Ability to be poised under emergency and non-emergency conditions.
  • Experience in supervising personnel
  • Experience in planning, resourcing, organizing, coordinating, delegating, and driving results through subordinates.
  • Ability to liaison duties with other agencies and stakeholders.



  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.


Requisition ID:161063
Posting Location(s):Oregon
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 

You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 


Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 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, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

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 EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.