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A Day in the Life of the Federal Protective Service

Mitigating Risk to Federal Facilities and Their Occupants

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) provides integrated security and law enforcement services to more than 9,000 federal facilities nationwide. These services include regular patrol and response activities as well as conducting comprehensive risk assessments to identify appropriate countermeasures to mitigate vulnerabilities and threats.

In Fiscal Year 2009, FPS was engaged in:

FPS Mega Center


  • 164 FPS field offices within 11 Regions
  • Law Enforcement and security for more than 1.5 million visitors and employees at federal facilities
  • More than 5,100 security posts
  • More than 14,200 Protective Security Officers (Contract Guards)

FPS Vehicle with Inspector and RAMP system

Facility Oversight:

  • Completed 2,400 Facility Security Assessments
  • Attended more than 25,000 Facility Security Committee meetings
  • Reviewed roughly 9,200 Occupant Emergency Plans
  • Conducted more than 77,000 inspections of security posts
  • Implemented nearly 126,000 countermeasure projects
  • Developed and conducted more than 7,500 training sessions for contract protective security officers

FPS Surveying from Roof with Capitol on Background


  • More than 43,000 calls for service
  • More than 13,000 K-9 sweeps for explosives
  • More than 200 intelligence bulletins
  • More than 35,000 background investigations
  • More than 1,645 apprehensions and citations
  • A response to more than 1,200 demonstrations
  • Mitigation for more than 270 weapons violations
  • More than 820 Operation Shield missions initiated in FY09, and over 440 to date during FY10


In FY09, FPS responded to the following events with 427 law enforcement personnel and equipment for 21 days and a total of 4,658 man days:

  • Operation Red River – Flooding in Iowa
  • Operation Ready Eagle – 2009 Inauguration of President Obama
  • Operation Steel Curtain – G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Penn.


  • 284,434 Knives
  • 22,064 OC/Mace
  • 307,394 Other prohibited Items
Last Published Date: October 11, 2012
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