Security a 24/7 Operation at Union Pacific

Efforts to ensure railroad security are a way of life at Union Pacific. The company’s robust security program operates 24/7 on what amounts to a 32,000-mile outdoor factory. In conjunction with our own highly-trained, commissioned police force, Union Pacific coordinates security efforts with a number of agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U. S. Coast Guard, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration.

Union Pacific was the first U.S. railroad to be named a partner in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, a CBP program designed to develop, enhance and maintain effective security processes throughout the global supply chain. As part of our efforts to keep trains secure and communities safe, Union Pacific employs state-of-the-art security technology that focuses on detecting unauthorized access.

Union Pacific’s security efforts include:

  • Our own police force consisting of more than 200 UP police officers.
  • Officers and K-9 units dedicated to border protection.
  • Response Management Communication Center and Department of Defense-certified operation center.
  • Newly deployed technology called Train Rider Identification Detection System (TriDS) at McNary, Texas.
  • A surveillance network that can report the location and movement of hazardous cargo within seconds.
  • Employee and contractor background checks and training.
  • Smart cameras, impact recorders and other sensors that are being piloted near bridges, rail yards, tank farms, tunnels and sidings.
  • $72.5 million invested over the last decade on support for drug interdiction programs at the US-Mexico border.
  • A virtual-fencing pilot program around our facilities that triggers an alarm to our Response Management Communication Center.