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Operation Lifesaver's close partnership with the law enforcement community throughout America has strengthened and improved public safety.

It's critical that when highway-rail intersection collisions do occur, law enforcement officers--often the first responders--are familiar with both railroad operations and highway-rail grade crossing conditions. Operation Lifesaver offers a special course teaching officers how to ensure their personal safety, both while responding to rail collision incidents and throughout the investigation.

If your community contains railroad tracks, your officers could be involved in a specialized highway-rail grade crossing collision investigation. Operation Lifesaver's Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) course is designed to inform and prepare your department for that eventuality. Our GCCI training was developed for the North American law enforcement community with cooperation from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Nearly 15 percent of Operation Lifesaver's trained, volunteers are law enforcement officers. Join them and become an Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer.

Other online resources are available from our safety partners at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA):

  • Rail Safety for Law Enforcement - The FRA's informational video for the law enforcement community, as part of its Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program.
  • Rail Safety for Law Enforcement: Incident Investigation - This FRA informational video brings a clear understanding to law enforcement officers of the challenges associated with investigating highway-rail grade crossing collisions.
  • Rail Safety for Emergency Response Services - FRA’s informational video for emergency response services as part of its Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program. 
  • Rail Safety for Emergency Dispatchers - The FRA's informational video for emergency dispatchers, a product of the Grade Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention program.
Police at Crash Scene

Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) Course

Operation Lifesaver has developed a Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) course for law enforcement officers in cooperation with the law enforcement community. Courses are available in 4-hour, 8-hour, and 16-hour lengths to fit your schedule.  These courses help officers perform their jobs safely whenever they are required to be around railroad property.