Licensing and Commissioning of Railroad Police Officers

Commissioning and other requirements of railroad police officers in Michigan can be found in the Railroad Code of 1993, (P.A. 354 1993). Railroad police officers must meet the training and employment standards of law enforcement officers in accordance with Public Act 203 of 1965, as amended, the enabling legislation for MCOLES. Railroad police officers are employees of companies that own, lease, use, or operate any railroad in this state.

In addition to meeting the minimum MCOLES standards, law requires that the state police (responsibility assigned to MCOLES) must determine that the individual is suitable and qualified in order to issue a commission.

Every commissioned railroad police officer has statewide authority to enforce the laws of the state and the ordinances of local communities when engaged in the discharge of his or her duties as a railroad police officer for their employing company. Their authority is directly linked to the company’s property, its cargo, employees, and passengers. Railroad police officers carry their authority beyond the company’s property when enforcing or investigating violation of the law related to their railroad.

The contact person for commissioning of officers is John Steele 517-322-3966 or steelej@michigan.gov.