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Anita Ehrhardt

Transport police officer in Bern, sporty mother of three and member of the volunteer fire department.

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Transport police officer: keeping public transport safe.

Across Switzerland, over 200 transport police officers work to keep public transport areas such as train stations or means of transport safe and in order.

Ensuring safety is also of the utmost importance at major events in which SBB is involved as well as during operational failures. You will interact with customers directly, boosting SBB’s presence and allowing you to intervene if necessary.

For us, ensuring safety and order at stations and on trains is our top priority – and no two days are the same!

Yannick Ruppen

Security dog handler/transport police officer, and Finn, German shepherd, love training with balls.

Professional and flexible.

No two days are the same – working as a transport police officer is a challenging, but diverse experience. You need a well-balanced nature and high level of physical fitness as well as the ability to work flexibly and grasp things quickly. Thanks to a flexible work strategy, the two-person patrols reach the scene quickly and work closely with train crew and other police forces. They work in specialised departments, such as the specialist “Video&Graffiti” unit or “Genesis” task force. You will earn the trust and respect of customers by conducting yourself in a respectful and responsible way.

Strong mindset.

As a transport police officer, it’s not always possible to prepare yourself for certain assignments, such as accidents, deaths, emergency responses and criminal offences. This makes providing professional support, a strong individual mindset and a healthy social environment all the more important. A strong relationship of trust among transport police officers is also essential, as assignments at night or in extreme situations require you to trust each other blindly. In addition to all this, each day will bring enriching encounters with passengers.

Keen noses at work.

Dog handlers foster a close connection with their four-legged partners, treating them as they would their own dog. They plan their preventative patrol assignments independently after assessing the potential dangers. 

Explosives detection dogs sniff for explosive materials primarily as a preventative measure, but are also used in suspicious situations to detect the presence of any explosive substances. In an emergency, explosives detection dog handlers make further checks, using technical aids to examine an item. If the item is found to contain explosives, you will cordon off the area and specialist police units will arrive at the scene. Harmless objects are taken to the lost property office. Explosives detection dog handlers are also trained as the first investigating persons for explosive substances. 

As a security dog handler, in an emergency you may be required to take action during football games, surveillance operations, copper thefts or graffiti vandalism. Security dogs are therefore used during major events and to protect passengers.

“Practice makes perfect.”

Our transport police officers, trained according to Swiss standards, are continuously prepared for new challenges and equipped with the latest gear. To ensure their own safety and the safety of others at all times, all transport police officers regularly attend further training sessions. This includes annual shooting duties, self-defence courses and sessions on tactical thinking. You will regularly train for emergency situations as part of ongoing exercises, optimally preparing you for your wide range of different assignments.

The further training programme for transport police officers generally has one start date per year, lasts for 24 months and takes place at a renowned police academy in one of the three regions.


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