9 February 2007
The Honorable Frank Lautenberg
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Lautenberg,
I am writing to you on behalf of the membership of the Fraternal Order of Police to express our support for S. 294, the "Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2007."
The threats to our nation have multiplied considerably since the horrific attacks of September 11th. The recent attacks in Madrid, Bombay, and London highlight the fragility of our nation's rail lines and a need for greater rail security. Despite our rail lines being high profile targets for terrorists, funding for the Amtrak police has dwindled in recent years, as the force has seen a far higher turnover rate than most other law enforcement agencies. Your bill would help reverse this trend and bolster the security on Amtrak rail lines, especially the highly traveled Northeast Corridor Line, which services Washington, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. It would provide funding to hire the additional officers Amtrak needs to provide the modicum of security that is requisite to ensure safety along these lines. Furthermore, the funding your bill would provide will help upgrade the long outdated equipment which Amtrak officers are forced to use.
On behalf of the 325,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, I want to thank you for introducing this bill, which we believe will help strengthen security not only for the Amtrak employees, but also for the millions of people who use Amtrak every year. Please do not hesitate to contact me, or Executive Director Jim Pasco, through our Washington office if we can be of any further assistance.