|Canadian National Police Service|
|Common name||CN Police Service|
|Patch of the Canadian National Police Service.|
|Legal personality||Non government: Canadian National Railways|
|Constituting instrument||Railway Safety Act of Canada|
|Specialist jurisdiction||Railways, tramways, and-or rail transit systems.|
|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|
|CN Police Service|
The CN Police has a long history in railway policing that dates back to early 19th century, the CN Police Service commits to making CN the safest Railway in North America by protecting its people, property and resources and by ensuring the safety and security of the communities that CN serves. The primary goal of CN Police officers is protect rail commerce and rail infrastructure.
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 US three railway police services, Illinois Central Railroad Police, Grand Trunk Railway Police and Wisconsin Central Transportation Police also amalgamated into the CN Police Service.
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 or (CNPS) 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.
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.
- Fort Frances
- Niagara Falls
- Thunder Bay
- Detroit, Michigan
- Lansing, Michigan
- Chicago, Illinois
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Jackson, Mississippi
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Greenville, Pennsylvania