Pentagon Force Protection Agency

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Pentagon Force Protection Agency
Abbreviation PFPA
Seal of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.png
Motto "Protecting those Who Protect Our Nation"
Agency Overview
Formed 2002, May 3
Preceding agency Defense Protective Service
Legal personality Governmental agency
Jurisdictional Structure
Federal agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
United States
Legal jurisdiction The Pentagon and National Capital Region
General nature
Operational Structure
Headquarters The Pentagon
Agency executive Steven E. Calvery, Director; Richard S. Keevill, Chief of the U.S. Pentagon Police
Parent agency Department of Defense
Child agency United States Pentagon Police
 See the reference[1] below for the source of the above data.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) protects and keeps safe the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, Navy Annex and other assigned Pentagon facilities. PFPA is a civilian Defense Agency within the United States Department of Defense. PFPA does its job using law enforcement officers (Pentagon Police), criminal investigative and protective services agents; threat management agents; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives technicians; and anti-terrorism/force protection and physical security personnel.

Pentagon Police Directorate (PPD)[change | change source]

The mission of the Pentagon Police Department (PPD) is to promote high quality law enforcement and security services, in order to provide a safe and orderly work environment for Department of Defense workers in the Washington, DC area.

Formerly The Defense Protective Service (DPS), The Pentagon Police have exclusive jurisdiction within the Pentagon Reservation and share concurrent jurisdiction with other police agencies in an area of approximately 275 acres (1.11 km2) around the complex. Arlington County, Virginia also gave the Pentagon Police officers conditional police authority throughout Arlington County. The United States Pentagon Police is also charged with the protection of certain Department of Defense executive officers.

Pentagon Police officers are Federal law enforcement officers, appointed under Title 10 Section 2674 of the United States Code. They receive their initial training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.

Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Directorate (AT/FP)[change | change source]

The mission of the Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection Directorate (AT/FP) is to provide Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) interests throughout the National Capital Region with a total AT/FP program designed to protect lives, facilities, information and equipment. The AT/FP Division advises Pentagon leaders on AT/FP matters; conducts anti-terrorism training for all OSD workers; gathers, analyzes and disseminates threat information as it relates to AT/FP; develops AT/FP plans and programs, conducts threat/vulnerability assessments and performs other duties pursuant to the protection and security of the Pentagon.

The AT/FP Directorate is composed of highly trained anti-terrorism and security specialists responsible for deterring, detecting, and responding against terrorist activity particularly when the Secretary of Defense or other Department of Defense employees are the target. They are leaders in this effort even when top Defense officials are away from the Pentagon.

Criminal Investigations & Protective Directorate (CIPD)[change | change source]

The Criminal Investigations & Protective Directorate investigates violations of the United States Code within the jurisdiction of PFPA and provide executive protection to DoD High Risk Personnel (HRP) in the Washington area.

PFPA Special Agent's (1811) investigate violations of federal criminal laws. The agents also provide protection during visits by foreign Ministers of Defense to the 48 contiguous United States. They also protect other visits designated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. CIPD's Operations Section is responsible for coordinating protection missions and providing around-the-clock ("24/7") support for field agents.

The Protective Services Unit (PSU) is responsible for providing protective support for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon Building. They handle visits to the Pentagon by foreign and domestic dignitaries, as well as cover protection for special events on the Pentagon Reservation, most recently noted the dedication of the 9/11 memorial. The police officers assigned to PSU provide residence security in hotels while traveling with HRP's both inside and outside of the United States.

The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosive Directorate (CBRNE)[change | change source]

This unit guards the Pentagon and other nearby Department of Defense facilities against possible attacks. It checks all mail and deliveries. CBRNE also monitors the environment at the Pentagon and DOD installations to make sure that they do not have these hazards. When a suspicious item is found, bomb experts are sent to examine and sometimes to destroy the item.[2]

Force Protection Technology Directorate (FPTD)[change | change source]

This group manages PFPA's computers and networks. It maintains security alarms and sensoring systems. It operates the computerized locks that control building access.[3]

Security Services Directorate (SSD)[change | change source]

This group issues Pentagon building passes. It operates all barriers and gates that control access on the Pentagon campus. It reviews all requests from people to take pictures of the Pentagon.[4]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pentagon Force Protection Agency Home Page". Department of Defense. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
  2. "Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
  3. "Force Protection Technology Directorate". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2012-02-14. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
  4. "Security Services Directorate". Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 2011-07-30. Retrieved 2011-07-24.

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