The Federal Protective Service

Federal Protective Service Agent and K-9 partnerThe Federal Protective Service protects Federal Facilities, their occupants, and visitors by providing superior law enforcement and protective security services and leveraging our access to the intelligence and information resources of our network of federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners. From our frontline law enforcement and security personnel to those who support the operations of the Service, we approach our mission as one team. Every day we protect the homeland by managing risk and ensuring continuity for one of the most crucial elements of our national critical infrastructure – the people and our nation’s Federal Facilities.

Protective Services of FPS

  • Conducting Facility Security Assessments
  • Designing countermeasures for tenant agencies
  • Maintaining uniformed law enforcement presence
  • Maintaining armed contract security guards
  • Performing background suitability checks for contract employees
  • Offering special operations including K-9 explosive detection
  • Monitoring security alarms via centralized communication centers
  • Conducting criminal investigations
  • Sharing intelligence among local/state/federal
  • Protecting special events
  • Training federal tenants in crime prevention and occupant emergency planning

Federal Building Visitor Regulations

Leadership and Organization

The Federal Protective Service is headed by Director L. Eric Patterson.

The Federal Protective Service's area of responsibility covers the continental United States and U.S. territories. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., FPS is divided into 11 regions nationwide and is responsible for protecting over 9,000 Federal Facilities. Regional headquarters are located in metropolitan areas across the country, with approximately 200 field offices and 4 MegaCenters provide responses to over 534,000 calls for service annually.

Last Published Date: June 23, 2016

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