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Norfolk Southern names Sinquefield director railroad police; Shackelford retires

Norfolk, VA - Mar 01, 2012


Mark Sinquefield has been named director police for Norfolk Southern, headquartered in Atlanta, effective March 1. He succeeds Al L. Shackelford II, who retires after 39 years with Norfolk Southern.

Sinquefield began his career with Norfolk Southern in 1985 as a special agent and advanced through a number of positions within the police department.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bluefield College and a master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University.  Sinquefield completed Norfolk Southern’ s Executive Development Program conducted at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Va., and was the first Norfolk Southern police officer to complete the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Shackelford joined Southern Railway, a Norfolk Southern predecessor, as a special agent in 1973 and advanced through the department until becoming director police in 2008. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice/criminology from North Carolina State University.

The Norfolk Southern police department is responsible for crime prevention and criminal investigation involving railroad property or interests, protection of high-value shipments, investigation of suspected fraudulent claims against the railroad, and other special criminal investigations. The department supports 49 field offices, five special investigation units, three special operations response teams, 12 K-9 units, a police communications center, and headquarters in Atlanta.

Norfolk Southern Corporation is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway subsidiary operates approximately 20,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal and industrial products.



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