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Prospects: In the service of law and order

Police Officer Frank Davis stands outside of the United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 25, 2010. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

National Police Week is meant to honor law enforcement officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to public safety. It started in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.

Thousands of officers from around the world come to Washington to honor their fallen comrades and, yes, engage in fellowship while they’re in the nation’s capital.

It’s a good time to note that the federal government has quite a few law enforcement positions for those interested in such work. Here are agencies to explore.

U.S. Park Police

The U.S. Park Police is a unit of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, with jurisdiction in all National Park Service areas and certain other federal and state lands. The Web site is

A U.S. Mint Police badge worn by Officer Jack McDonald at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Aug. 8, 2007. (Stephen Hilger/Bloomberg)

U.S. Mint Police

Established in 1792, the U.S. Mint Police is one of the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies. These officers are responsible for protecting more than $100 billion in U.S. Treasury and other government assets stored in facilities around the country. The Web site is


The National Railroad Passenger Corp., better known as Amtrak, has a police department focused on the safety of travelers, employees and the rail infrastructure. The department includes intelligence and special operations unit. The Web site is

U.S. Pentagon Police

The Pentagon is a city by itself, and the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and the Pentagon Police safeguard it. The Emergency Response Team is also on hand. The Web site is

FBI Police

The FBI maintains its own uniformed police force to protect personnel, facilities and information. In addition to shielding facilities from general crime, its law enforcement unit’s mission is to deter terrorist attacks with a visible and well-trained police force. The Web site is

CIA and others

The Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency and others have their own police officers. You can find police positions with these agencies on their Web sites.

Department of Veteran Affairs Police

The VA has more than 153 police units around the country and operates under the Office of Security and Law Enforcement. The Web site is

Bureau of Indian Affairs Police

These officers enforce laws within tribal areas. The Web site is

These are just a few of the law enforcement agencies that operate within the federal government.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is a good source on federal law enforcement work. Visit for more information.

Dortch is president of the Diversa Group, which specializes in federal employment.



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