Rotary Club of Arlington (North)

BNSF Railway – Transportation and Security
Nov 16, 2020
Will Johnson
BNSF Railway – Transportation and Security

BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 railroad lines that merged or were acquired during the BNSF 170 year history.  While many different railroads combined to form BNSF, the people who worked at those railroads shared many traits. The people who built BNSF were and continue to be a unique breed, blending the forward-thinking of dreamers with the pragmatism of results-oriented business leaders. This heritage played a central role in settling and growing the American West, and today, BNSF continues to have a significant impact in meeting the needs of shippers and serving the economy.  BNSF today serves the western two-thirds of the United States as well as portions of Canada and key Mexican gateways. The Police team is the law enforcement division of the Resource Protection team.  Railroad police are provided police authority from state and local governments and are authorized interstate authority by the federal government. Our community is 32,500 miles long and 100 feet wide, crisscrossing hundreds of local and state jurisdictions along the way. Railroad police are active in all forms of police duties. BNSF Police use K-9 units and proactive uniformed patrol to combat trespassing and cargo thefts, and actively participate with other police agencies to investigate crimes committed on railroad property. BNSF Police provide community education and awareness promoting grade-crossing safety.