a cooperative agreement with the Metropolitan Police Department, Amtrak
Police officers have begun patrolling an expanded jurisdiction that includes
an area surrounding Union Station and the streets adjacent to Amtrak's
current jurisdiction along railroad tracks in Northeast D.C.
between the MPD and Amtrak is the first to be executed under the 1997
Police Coordination Act spearheaded by Congresswoman
Eleanor Holmes Norton . The agreement allows Amtrak Police to assist
the MPD in carrying out crime prevention and law enforcement activities
by sending personnel on patrol, with the power of arrest, in the expanded
area of jurisdiction. Prior to beginning their new patrols, a group of
Amtrak Police officers recently completed 96 hours of training on District
of Columbia Code at the MPD's Maurice T. Turner Jr., Institute of Police
"As Saturday's Inauguration demonstrated so clearly, when the different
law enforcement agencies operating in the District work together, we can
succeed in preventing crime and keeping the peace," Metropolitan Police
Chief Charles H. Ramsey said.
"Now, through these cooperative agreements, we will be able to bring that
same spirit of teamwork to our everyday work in protecting neighborhoods.
Our officers look forward to working more closely with Amtrak's officers
- and, eventually, with officers from other agencies that enter into cooperative
agreements with us - as we strive to make our Nation's Capital a safer
city for residents and visitors alike," Ramsey said.
In addition to providing training on D.C. laws and regulations, the MPD
will also supply Amtrak Police with support services such as fingerprinting
and photographing prisoners, detention and confinement facilities for
prisoners, prisoner transportation services and medical treatment for
"America's railroad police departments have long recognized that the nature
of our work demands close relationships with the state and local police
agencies of the jurisdictions in which we perform our duties," Amtrak
Police Chief Ron Frazier said in October when the cooperative agreement
was first announced. "This agreement reinforces the longstanding, excellent
cooperation between our Department and the MPD."
The Police Coordination Act is part of the National Capital Revitalization
and Self-Government Improvement Act passed by Congress in 1997. The law
federal law enforcement agencies operating in the District of Columbia
that may enter into cooperative agreements with the MPD to assist with
crime prevention and law enforcement activities. The agreements expand
the area of jurisdiction in which federal officers may patrol, make arrests
and engage in other policing activities within the District of Columbia.
agreements are coordinated in advance with the United
States Attorney for the District of Columbia. "This first cooperative
agreement between the MPD and Amtrak
is the result of the vision and cooperation of many people," said United
States Attorney Wilma Lewis. "Our office will continue to work hard in
bringing about additional cooperative agreements which will further enhance
safety for the residents of and visitors to the District of Columbia."
More detailed information about the MPD-Amtrak Police cooperative
agreement, including an aerial photograph and text description of Amtrak's
expanded jurisdiction, can be found on the Metropolitan Police Web site: