Learn How to Become a U.S. Federal Protective Service Police Officer

The requirements to become a U.S. Federal Protective Service (FPS) Police Officer are similar to those of other government agencies. One must be a U.S. Citizen, be 21 years of age, have a valid driver's license, pass a physical examination, qualify for a service revolver once per year (other yearly certifications required as well), and attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

Fulfilling these basic requirements can make you eligible for employment, however, as with many of the high profile agencies the federal protective service is a very competitive organization to join. One of the best ways to set yourself apart as a job candidate at the FPS is to earn an advanced education, such as a bachelor's or master's degree. Request free information from our online schools which can help prepare students for federal law enforcement and related criminal justice careers. A bachelor's degree can substitute for general experience when qualifying for a criminal investigator or officer position and a master's degree could help substitute for the required specialized experience to become a criminal investigator at the FPS. An advanced education does not guarantee you a position, but may increase your chances and pay scale.

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The Federal Protective Service

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) falls under the Department of Homeland Security and is one of the organizations in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. The Federal Protective Service provides law enforcement and security for the federally leased and owned buildings throughout the United States. The Federal Protective Service provides all aspects of security and emergency response in federal buildings including HAZMAT, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Canine, and emergency response program as well as state-of-the-art communication and dispatch Mega centers. The FPS used to be a branch of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Since the Homeland Security Act took effect the GSA's primary interaction with FPS is in the event of a missing child in any federally owned or leased facility. GSA administers primary responsibility for the U.S. Federal Protective Sevice and locating a missing child.

Federal Protective Sevice Agency Descriptions 

The Federal Protective Service officers are uniformed law enforcement agents with all the jurisdiction that a sheriff would have minus the civil responsibilities. FPS officers are responsible for interrogating suspects, preventing crimes, arresting offenders and assisting police during emergency situations. There is also a small elite force of plain clothes special agents, a physical security force and a support services divisions. The FPS also oversees nearly 15,000 contract security officers or contract guards at federal facilities nationwide. All sectors of the FPS focus on the Nation's interior security and prevention of crime and terrorism. As you can see, there are a number of areas one can find employment within the FPS agency.

Federal Protective Service Salaries

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for police and detectives is $56,980. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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