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Law Enforcement Strategies for Preventing Rail Trespassing

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Grade Crossing and Trespass Outreach/Education
Railroading, trespassing, law enforcement strategies

The Volpe Center has investigated law enforcement methods that have successfully prevented trespassing along the railroad right of way. The types of law enforcement strategies currently being used and procedures followed in the field are documented, along with any findings on the effectiveness of these approaches. The end result of this effort is to produce a compilation of available procedures, best practices, data sources and findings to inform effective law enforcement rail trespass prevention programs.

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Last updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2016