Homeland (in)Security

Following tight on the heels of yesterday’s “Special Police” I noticed that we now have yet another redundant Sheriff in town: Federal Protective Service Police from Homeland (in)Security.

Now I’ve lost count. Does that mean we have one or two dozen different police forces in DC? Let’s see if we can name them all, shall we:

  • DC Police
  • Capitol Police
  • Federal Marshals
  • Secret Service
  • Park Service Police
  • GW Police
  • Georgetown Police
  • American Police
  • Gallaudet Police
  • Catholic Police
  • Homeland Security Police
  • “Special Police”
  • ???

9 Comments so far

  1. John (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 11:20 am

    What about the FBI? And does the Supreme Court have its own police? And Metro certainly has a police force of its own to prevent riders from eating.

  2. WFY (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 11:37 am

    On the other side of the river there are Pentagon Police and the CIA has some sort of police. I am sure there are MPs in the District as well. The Airport Authority must have some too.

  3. Stone (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    DC has its “Protective Services” police, and the DC Housing Authority has its on police force as well.

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 12:00 pm

    Redundant is the word of the day for this. If police (I mean, THE police) aren’t serving a “protective service” already then what ARE they doing?

  5. Cassandra (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 12:14 pm

    Ahem, please don’t forget the Howard campus police. They certainly won’t forget you when you’re moseying around W St late at night.

  6. John (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    And Union Station has its own security patrol, though I am not sure they count as “police.”

  7. PG (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 5:43 pm

    My old office was under the jurisdiction of all of the following:
    Amtrak police
    Government Printing Office Police
    US Post Office Police
    DC Police
    Capitol Police
    and one more I can’t remember. Amtrak, Post Office and Printing Office all had offices in the building, hence jurisdiction.

    Plus, each Department (State, Interior, etc) each has their own police of some type to protect their buildings and a group similar to Secret Service for their Secretary.

    And there’s the Diplomatic Protective Service, though they may only actually operate abroad.

    And finally, the VA and MD State Police each have VIP protective jurisdiction in the District when other State Police offices request their help with protectees from other states (Governors, some Lt. Governors, etc) that come to DC.

  8. ryan (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 11:06 pm

    As far as I can tell, “Special Police” is not a police force at all, just private security…aka Rent-a-Cops.

  9. wayan (unregistered) on April 8th, 2006 @ 10:57 am


    Special Police are more than that. Note the bold in the MPD code below:

    D. Special Police Officers.
    1. Special police officers are privately commissioned police officers with full arrest powers within an area or premises which the officer has been employed to protect. The commission is conditional and is required to be renewed each year.

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