WASHINGTON – Shaunta Bond is the 2017 Amtrak Police Department (APD) Officer of the Year for her significant contributions in keeping customers, employees and the public safe
“Sgt. Bond’s commitment and sense of duty are worthy of great respect. It is obvious she takes a great deal of pride in being an Amtrak Police Officer,” Amtrak Police Chief Neil Trugman said. “It is an honor to recognize her dedication with our most prestigious award.”
A member of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Bond was integral in the multi-agency cooperative effort to address challenges with the public who dealt with substance abuse issues and homelessness in and around Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Bond’s intuitive skills and persistence have generated positive results and earned her Officer of the Month honors three times in 2017.
She investigated several burglaries, and after extensive efforts, identified suspects and issued eight separate felony warrants for three of them. All suspects were arrested due to Bond’s investigation proficiency.
In another incident, Bond, along with other members of CID, handled an issue involving a customer who was reported to be in distress while traveling on Amtrak. Onboard employees notified APD and reported the customer’s issues and how he had a handgun in a carry-on bag.
When the train made a scheduled stop in South Carolina, local police interviewed the customer who said he didn’t have carry-on bags. As a result, the customer was permitted to remain onboard. When the train arrived in Washington, D.C., Bond followed up and checked on the customer’s well-being. Bond approached and questioned the customer, who admitted he had a weapon. The customer consented to a search of his carry-on bags, and a revolver and ammunition were discovered. It was determined the customer was a convicted felon and he was arrested.
Bond also investigated the case of a woman who was a victim of an assault. Bond reviewed video footage and located a suspect fleeing the area where the incident was reported. Through her exhaustive efforts, Bond solidified a case against a suspect and convinced the Office of the Attorney General to move forward.
Bond began her law enforcement career when she joined APD in 2012. She was assigned to CID as an investigator in 2015 and was recently promoted to sergeant. Bond has been recognized throughout her APD career with multiple Officer of the Month and Customer Service awards, a Distinguished Unit Citation and several letters of commendation.
For more information about the Amtrak Police Department, visit police.amtrak.com.
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