- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Sen. Charles Schumer says a wrinkle in federal law is keeping Amtrak police from being able to access the emergency radio frequencies used by other first responders.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that he’s urging the Federal Communications Commission to change their policy of treating Amtrak police differently than other law enforcement and emergency management agencies.

Schumer says Amtrak police are now considered to be railroad personnel and not law enforcement, a distinction that he says could cause serious problems in the event of a derailment, natural disaster or terror attack.

The Amtrak Police Department consists of more than 500 employees in 46 states. More than 100 officers, officials, detectives and special agents work out of the agency’s New York offices.


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