The Protective Investigations Program was established in early 2004 to ensure the safety of Department of Homeland Security and Federal Protective Service (FPS) protectees and facilities. The objective of the program is to prevent an attack on persons and facilities designated as FPS protectees.
The program integrates the following aspects of the FPS mission:
- Initial patrol response by FPS uniformed police officers
- Full investigation by FPS special agents
- Prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office or State Prosecutor's Office
- Physical security enhancements and countermeasures
- Security briefings and workplace violence seminars administered by FPS law enforcement personnel
- Suspicious surveillance detection initiatives designed to detect pre-incident indicators of threats to federal employees and facilities.
FPS collaborates with other components across the Department and has established liaisons with agencies having a protective and investigative mission such as the U.S. Secret Service, National Threat Assessment Center, the Social Security Administration (SSA), U.S. Marshals Service, (Federal Bureau of Investigation) FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and various state and local police agencies throughout the country.
FPS special agents have made arrests and conducted investigations of subjects charged with making inappropriate communications and threats to members of the U.S. Congress and/or their staff, the director of Federal Emergency Management Agency, members of the military reserve, SSA, Department of Veteran Affairs and other federal employees. Many of these investigations resulted in convictions for making threats to do physical harm and threats to bomb federal facilities. FPS special agents investigated threats delivered in person, via telephone, e-mail and U.S. Postal Service mail.
FPS special agents also oversee an outreach program designed to educate the community and tenant agencies, and provide them with a point of contact to report suspicious behavior and incidents that threaten FPS protectees, facilities, and/or visitors.