June 5, 2013 Senior Officers Named to Command Amtrak Police in the Central and Western States

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Deputy Chief Daniel Dugan and Capt. Joseph Patterson based in Chicago

CHICAGO — Two veteran law enforcement officials have been named to senior Amtrak Police Department posts by Amtrak Police Chief Polly Hanson. Deputy Chief Daniel Dugan, Jr. and Captain Joseph Patterson are stationed in Chicago to command Amtrak railroad police officers in the Central and Western United States.

“Deputy Chief Dugan brings a wealth of law enforcement knowledge to the Amtrak Police Department as the new Deputy Chief of Patrol for the Central/Southwest/Pacific regions of Amtrak,” said Chief Hanson. “We have an excellent group of law enforcement professionals in this department and it is a great benefit to bring aboard individuals that can continue to reinforce what has already been established here.

“Captain Patterson is another individual that brings with him a level of expertise and skills that will continue to enhance and further develop our department,” Chief Hanson added.

Both enjoyed long careers at the Chicago Police Department, were assigned to various issues and promoted through the ranks to positions with more authority and responsibility. In their territory, Amtrak trains operate primarily on tracks owned by freight railroads and serve stations owned by entities other than Amtrak. The two will work to manage standard police patrol activities and be involved in security-related exercises, operations and programs.

The Amtrak Police Department (APD) is a national police force committed to protecting the passengers, employees, and patrons of Amtrak by working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country. The department continues to develop and implement behind-the-scenes and frontline security measures to ensure passenger rail safety and security. APD has more than 500 sworn and civilian personnel at more than 30 locations to cover the 46 states in which Amtrak operates its national intercity passenger rail network.

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About Daniel Dugan, Jr.

Deputy Chief Dugan’s long and valuable history in law enforcement began as a Police Cadet in Glenwood, Ill., in 1972. While attending Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., he was hired as a University Police Officer in 1975. In 1978, he joined the Fulton County (Ill.) Sheriff’s Police Department, attaining the rank of Sergeant before accepting a position with the Chicago Police Department in 1982.

The majority of his Chicago Police career was dedicated to patrol operations. In his early years, he worked District Tactical as a Police Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Dugan rose through the command ranks of the Department serving as a District Commander, Commander of Special Operations Section, Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Deputy Chief of Area One, Area Three, Patrol Administration Group, and Deputy Superintendent heading the Bureau of Patrol before retiring from the Chicago Police in November 2010.

He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (165th Session), and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

About Joseph Patterson

Capt. Patterson began his public service in law enforcement as a Patrolman with the Chicago Police in 1986. In his early years, he worked as a Tactical Officer, and was assigned to the Vice Control Section-Prostitution Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as supervising Sergeant in the Homicide Section of the Detective Division, and later in the Intelligence Section of the Organized Crime Division.

Patterson was promoted to Lieutenant in 2004, and later assigned as Commanding Lieutenant of the Robbery/Burglary/Theft Section of the Area One Detective Division. He rose through the command ranks of the Department serving as a Commander, Deputy Chief of Patrol, Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Division, Deputy Chief of Bureau Patrol, and Chief of Patrol, until he retired from Chicago Police Department and accepted his new position with the Amtrak Police Department last month. Patterson has command of Amtrak officers in the central region.

He attended Chicago State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Board of Governors Program with a major in Criminal Justice.