FBI Police

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Police (FBI Police) is the FBI's uniformed security police force, part of the Bureau's Security Division, tasked with protecting key FBI facilities, properties, personnel, users, visitors information and operations from harm and may enforce certain laws and administrative regulations.[2]

Federal Bureau of Investigation Police
FBI Police patch
Common nameFBI Police
Motto"Protecting those who protect America!"
Agency overview
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionU.S.
Legal jurisdiction500 feet (150 m) around FBI facilities[1]
Constituting instrument
  • 28 U.S. Code § 540C. "FBI police"[1]
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed byFBI Security Division
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Parent agencyFederal Bureau of Investigation
Sub unitsExplosives K-9

The statutory authority for the FBI Police is set out in the U.S. Code, Title 28, Section 540C, "FBI police".[1] Though before receiving statutory authority, the FBIP operated under delegated authority from the General Services Administration.


They are endowed with full police powers of crime prevention, arrest, law enforcement and investigation within and around some key FBI facilities. They have duty stations at the following locations:[3]

In addition to the primary jurisdiction the FBI Police have at key FBI facilities, FBIP officials have stated that they have a memorandum of understanding agreement with the Metropolitan Police Department to patrol areas beyond their primary jurisdiction (in this case, beyond the 500 ft radius around both the J. Edgar Hoover building and Washington field office in Washington, D.C.).[4]

Duties and Responsibilities

The FBIP's primary role is to deter terrorist attacks with the visible presence of a well trained, well equipped, professional police force; and provide protective security for FBI facilities from criminal acts and unauthorized access, including protecting FBI employees, official visitors and tourists.[5]

FBIP methods include several duties such as:[4]

  • Entrance and/or exit screening
  • Patrolling in vehicles*
  • Patrolling on foot
  • Patrolling on bicycle
  • Use of explosives detection K-9s
  • Counter-surveillance

*Vehicle patrols include patrolling in cars, motorcycles and electrical stand-up vehicles.

It's also reported that FBIP may be occasionally deployed to significant national security events, such as presidential inaugurations, the Superbowl, conferences of world leaders as well as major political party conferences. It's further claimed that the FBI Police routinely assist in the protection of the Director of the FBI, as well as also having all-terrain vehicle patrols.

Pay and benefits

Salaries in the FBI Police are determined via a basic pay plan set out under the General Schedule (GS). Three levels of entry are in place for FBI Police officers, GS-6, GS-7 and GS-8. The minimum entry-level salary a FBI officer can earn is $43,114 (fiscal year 2010). Promotion opportunities within FBIP come with increased pay, with Corporals earning in the GS-9 band, going up the Majors earning GS-13 pay.[6] Additionally, FBIP officers are covered under the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and do not receive enhanced Law Enforcement Retirement (6C). The FBI Police are among the lowest paid Federal Law Enforcement Officers in the United States, and have the highest attrition rate at 17.9%. (fiscal years 2009-2010)[4]

Other benefits available to FBIP officers include access to health insurance, life insurance, a thrift savings plan as well as providing officers with a gym/fitness programme, transportation subsidiaries, tuition assistance and student loan repayments.[4][6]

Class action lawsuit

On August 2, 2007, a group of more than 100 FBI Police officers filed a class action complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims for millions of dollars of back and future pay. The complaint alleged that the FBI had not complied with a 2002 statute, part of the FBI Reform Act, that mandated that the FBI police force be paid the same pay and benefits as members of the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service. The judge ruled against the FBI Police officers on all issues in February 2017.[7]


See also


  1. "28 U.S. Code § 540C - FBI police". LII / Legal Information Institute.
  2. Roufa, Timothy (August 26, 2017). "FBI Police Officer Career Information". thebalance.com. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
  3. "FBI Jobs - FBI Police (Archived)". October 2010.
  4. http://www.gao.gov/assets/590/587909.pdf
  5. FBI police statistics Archived December 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. "FBI Police recruitment w/John Walsh". October 3, 2008. Archived from the original on March 23, 2011.
  7. Kaplan, Passman (February 17, 2017). "FBI wage claim".
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