Amtrak Planning to Cut Size of its Police Force

The labor union representing Amtrak police officers is warning that the passenger carrier intends to cut the force by 20 percent over the next three years.

The union said Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman told it that the force would be reduced from 452 to 369 by 2022.

The reduction will apparently be achieved through attrition and no layoffs are being planned.

However, William Gonzalez, president of Amtrak’s Fraternal Order of Police, said that retirements alone will not enable the carrier to reach its stated goal.

He also said the staff cuts “will jeopardize the safety and security for the passengers and employees.”

An Amtrak spokesman said the company is “currently evaluating the deployment of our Amtrak Police Department staff to ensure we have appropriate staffing levels for the safety and security of our customers as employees.”

The spokesman said Amtrak expects, though to increase the presence of officers on board trains.

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