True Safety Requires Dedicated Security
With the trust our customers place in us to safeguard their freight and the responsibility we have to protect our employees and communities, security is very important at CSX.
To ensure it, the company has created numerous programs that protect our infrastructure, safeguard cargo and promote proactive dialogue with law enforcement agencies and the federal government.
CSX Police Department
At the end of 2011, the CSX Police Department consisted of 192 men and women, including 174 sworn police officers. CSX Police special agents are assigned at strategic locations across the CSX system and maintain excellent working relationships with municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement and emergency service agencies. These relationships serve as force multipliers that enhance the ability of the department to protect the public and CSX employees and to keep CSX assets secure.
In 2009, the CSX Police Department became the only freight railroad police department to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In order to obtain the accreditation, CALEA assessors evaluated more than 450 best practices and standards. Only 10 percent of law enforcement agencies receive this accreditation.
The CSX Police Department is also a participating partner in FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force operations across the system and receives continual updates on terrorism intelligence and homeland security issues. Interagency cooperation, coupled with the most up-to-date training, equipment and technology, helps keep CSX employees and physical assets safe and secure. In addition to the field units, the CSX Police Department has several initiatives that involve highly specialized units and programs that feature cross-functional partnerships and training, including representatives of the Hazardous Materials Management and Environmental Engineering and Field Services departments:
The Rapid Response Team: Formed in 2004, the CSX Police Department's Rapid Response Team is responsible for rail counterterrorism to ensure that rail infrastructure does not become a target of domestic or foreign terrorists. The team routinely conducts Rail Counter-Terrorism Training. This training includes freight and passenger rail classes to educate state and local law enforcement officials on the unique physical surroundings and risks associated with the railroad environment. Training is carried out in a number of settings, including in actual rail yards where the team utilizes its own train dedicated to training.
The Specialized Crimes Unit (SCU): Also formed in 2004, the SCU specializes in prevention and investigation of crimes related to cargo theft and environmental crimes. While much of the SCU's work involves intermodal operations, the SCU also works to prevent and detect cargo theft and apprehend cargo thieves across all modes of rail transportation.
The Trespass Abatement Program: Nearly every crime committed against CSX and its employees begins with trespassing. The Trespass Abatement Program serves to make CSX safe and secure for its employees, customers and neighbors.
Infrastructure Security Plan
Since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, CSX has developed a security plan based on the Association of American Railroads' model defined by a panel of security and railroad experts. CSX maintains that plan and works closely with national, state and local law enforcement and security organizations, including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Department of Defense and the AAR Operations Center. CSX employees, as well as contractors and consultants working on company properties, are an integral part of the infrastructure security plan.
Infrastructure Protection Unit
CSX has formed this special unit as part of a nationwide effort to prevent terrorism in the rail industry. It combines the resources of the railroad's police and hazardous-materials professionals. As part of its responsibilities, the unit collects and analyzes information that could be related to possible international or domestic terrorism. It shares the information with local, state and federal agencies.
eRailsafe Security Program
CSX's eRailsafe Security Program was implemented to enhance the physical security of employees, operations and facilities. Administered by eVERIFILE.com, Inc., a nationally known company specializing in background screening for workforces, eRailsafe requires contractors to register for their employees to undergo criminal background checks and rail safety training before identification badges will be issued to their employees to allow them onto CSX property.
Partners in Security
CSX's in-house security measures are not our only line of defense when it comes to security. In order to help ensure the maximum safety and security of our network and the communities we touch, CSX has created several public-private partnerships to arm homeland security officials with information they can use in their efforts to keep America safe from harm.
To date, these partnerships exist in 17 of our 23 states including New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Mississippi, Maryland, Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, West Virginia and Georgia. CSX also partners with the American Chemistry Council's Chemtrec call response center, the Transportation Security Administration's Freedom Center and the Department of Transportation Crisis Management Center. These partnerships formalize and enhance a commitment to share information, resources and strategies to provide even better protection for the communities in which CSX operates.
CSX believes that these partnerships, which were the first of their kind in the rail industry, can serve as a model and be replicated in other areas.
One of the cornerstones of our commitment is the forward-thinking SecureNOW System. With this program, CSX proactively shares access to our train and railcar monitoring system. Sharing access allows for:
- Enhanced monitoring so that state homeland security and law enforcement officials can identify the status of CSX trains and railcars in their state
- Information sharing to help security officials prepare for and, if needed, respond to emergency situations
- Targeted security that provides additional information about what's being carried on our rails. This gives state officials the ability to coordinate with CSX security officials and allocate law enforcement resources, if necessary, more efficiently
- Joint training for law enforcement and emergency responders
- Sharing of hazardous-materials density studies with emergency response organizations
- Closer coordination of law enforcement operations in and around CSX yards