Today our Department marks its 18th anniversary. It was 18 years ago to the day that the Department of Homeland Security took its charge to protect the American people. The need and urgency were clear after the horrendous attacks of September 11, 2001.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Federal Protective Service (FPS). Founded in 1971, FPS is the law enforcement agency within DHS that protects public servants, and the people they serve, throughout our Nation.
The Federal Protective Service celebrates its 50th Anniversary on January 11. FPS Director L. Eric Patterson and Principal Deputy Director Richard K. Cline recognized the moment with a special video message to FPS employees, partners, and stakeholders.
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognized the 15 year anniversary of the start of its mission with a celebration event at the Ronald Reagan Building. Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretaries Tom Ridge, Michael Chertoff, and John Kelly, as well as past and present DHS employees and leadership.
Only three people have held the position of Secretary of Homeland Security, and today, all three joined together to celebrate and reflect on our Department's history.