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The Federal Protective Service

Mission Statement

To prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorism, criminal acts, and other hazards threatening the U.S. Government’s critical infrastructure, services, and the people who provide or receive them.

For VisitorsWhat We Do

2017 Police Week FPS Wreath Laying Ceremony

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 Mega Centers provide responses to over 534,000 calls for service annually.

FPS Annual Report

More Information

Last Published Date: May 24, 2021

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