Federal Protective Service Career, Job, Degrees and Training Information

The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is a branch of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Both organizations are under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security. The FPS, with more than 1,000 employees, is responsible for providing security services in more than 8,000 buildings housing government offices and property. The FPS is responsible for all security operations such as HAZMAT, emergency response services, and protection from chemical and biological weapon attacks. FPS was formally under the supervision of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), but after the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, the GSA usually only communicates with the FPS if a child is reported missing in a building housing government offices.

The FPS has similar employment qualifications as other agencies. To qualify, a person must be an American citizen, at least 21 years old, possess a valid driver's license, pass a fitness and physical exam, and be eligible to carry a firearm. Agents learn the necessary skills to fulfill their job duties at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

Federal Protective Services

FPS Primary Services

  • Conduct Facility Security Assessments
  • Maintain uniformed law enforcement presence
  • Design countermeasures for tenant agencies
  • Maintain armed contract security guards
  • Monitor security alarms via centralized communication centers
  • Perform background suitability checks for contract employees

FPS Additional Services

  • Conduct criminal investigations
  • Protect special events
  • Share intelligence among local/state/federal
  • Work with FEMA to respond to natural disasters
  • Train federal tenants in crime prevention and Occupant Emergency Planning
  • Offer special operations including K-9 explosive detection

If you can pass these requirements, you are qualified to work for the FPS, but there is a lot of competition for these jobs. If you want to improve your chances, earn a bachelor's or graduate degree.

Federal Protective Service Salary, Earnings and Wage Information

Federal Protective Service officers begin their jobs earning salaries corresponding to the GS-4 level while investigators begin at the GS-7 level. Sergeants get paid corresponding to the GS-6 or GS-7 pay grade while lieutenants earn pay at the GS-7, GS-8, GS-9 levels usually reflecting experience and education. Captains earn pay corresponding to the GS-7-GS-11 pay grade, usually earning pay reflecting previous work history and education.

Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Payscale.com, Salary.com

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