CN Police

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"Canadian National Police" redirects here. For the Canadian federal law enforcement agency, see Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Canadian National Police Service
Common name CN Police Service, CN Police
Patch of CN Police Canada 2014-01-01 15-26.jpg
Patch of the Canadian National Police Service.
Agency overview
Formed 1923
Preceding agencies
  • Canadian National Railway Police
  • BC Rail Police
  • Illinois Central Railroad Police
  • Grand Trunk Railway Police
  • Bessemer and Lake Erie and Affiliated Railroads Police Dept.
Legal personality Non government: Canadian National Railways
Jurisdictional structure
International agency
Countries
Legal jurisdiction Federal
Constituting instrument Railway Safety Act of Canada
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Railways, tramways, and-or rail transit systems.
Operational structure
Headquarters 935 de La Gauchetière Street West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Agency executive Stephen Covey, Chief of Police and Chief Security Officer
Parent agency Canadian National Railway Company
Website
CN Police Service
Challenge coin for Canadian officers
Challenge coin for American officers

The Canadian National Police Service (commonly referred to as the CN Police) is a private police force protecting the property, personnel, and rail infrastructure of Canadian National Railway in Canada and the United States.

History[edit]

Established in 1923 upon the amalgamation of several railway companies the Government of Canada established the Canadian National Railway Police. Currently CN Police Officers operate across Canada and the United States.

In Canada, the BC Rail Police amalgamated into the CN Police Service in 2005. In the United States three railway police services, Illinois Central Railroad Police, Grand Trunk Railway Police and Wisconsin Central Transportation Police also amalgamated into the CN Police Service.

Jurisdiction[edit]

Canada[edit]

In Canada, members are federally sworn in under section 44.1 of the Railway Safety Act granting powers as Police Constables and have the same powers of arrest as any police officer in Canada anywhere in Canada as 'Peace Officers' under Section 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada. Police Constables are employed by Canadian National and are also considered public servants, sworn to the Crown to uphold the law and protect

CN Police federal oath of office primarily directs their duties 'on and along' CN infrastructure, protecting properties owned and administered by CN. CN Police have additional provincial appointments which allow them to extend provincial enforcement such as the Highway Traffic Act outside the boundaries set under the Railway Safety Act of Canada, except in Quebec.

Under section 26.1 of the Railway Safety Act it is an offence for any person to "enter on land on which a line work is situated". Offenders can be dealt with in multiple ways such as being compelled to Federal Court by means of a promise to appear or can simply be issued a ticket through the relevant provincial Contravention Act and released. Maximum penalties for contravention of the act for any offence can be up to a $10,000 fine and imprisonment in the case of a private person. A company can also face up to a $200,000 fine for contravention of this act.

United States[edit]

In the U.S., each state in which CN operates grants police powers to CN Police Officers and Special Agents. State specific powers are also augmented by Interstate Authority granted by the United States Secretary of Transportation (Code 49 U.S.C. 28101) meaning officers have Police powers in all states CN Police operates in.[1]

Offices and Detachments[edit]

Canada[edit]

The CN Police Canadian Headquarters is located in Montreal, Quebec with regional headquarters in Toronto, Ontario; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Edmonton, Alberta; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

CN Police operate further detachments in British Columbia (Kamloops, Prince George, Squamish, Surrey, and Prince Rupert); Alberta (Calgary, Jasper, Lloydminster); Saskatchewan (Melville, Saskatoon, Lloydminster, and Regina); Manitoba (Brandon); Ontario (Brampton, Brantford, Cornwall, Capreol, Belleville, Fort Frances, Hamilton, London, Niagara Falls, Oakville, Oshawa, Sarnia, Thunder Bay, Vaughan)Kingston; Quebec (Charny, Limoilou, Quebec City, Rivière-des-Prairies, Saint-Lambert, Shawinigan); New Brunswick (Moncton); and Nova Scotia (Halifax).

United States[edit]

The CN Police United States Headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois with detachments in Detroit, Michigan; Lansing, Michigan; Memphis, Tennessee; Jackson, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Greenville, Pennsylvania.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CN Police Service". CN. Canadian National Railway. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 

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