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The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is an American law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of The Pentagon, the Mark Center Building, the Defense Health Headquarters, and other assigned Pentagon facilities. In 2004 the Pentagon Force Protection Agency employed 482 police officers.[1]

Pentagon Force Protection Agency
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Patch of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency
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Seal of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency
AbbreviationPFPA
Motto"Protecting those Who Protect Our Nation"
Agency overview
FormedMay 3, 2002
Preceding agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
United States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
Legal jurisdictionThe Pentagon and National Capital Region
General nature
HeadquartersThe Pentagon

Agency executive
  • Jonathan Cofer, Director;
    Woodrow Kusse, Chief of the U.S. Pentagon Police
Parent agencyDepartment of Defense
Child agency
Website
www.pfpa.mil

This mission is accomplished with law enforcement officers (United States 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.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency provides a comprehensive protective intelligence analysis capability, which includes threat analysis, threat investigation, and criminal intelligence services to protect Pentagon facilities, employees and senior DoD personnel. The Pentagon Force Protection Agency liaises with other federal law enforcement and intelligence communities and conducts threat assessments and investigations for protective details while they are in the National Capital Region.

PersonnelEdit

DirectorEdit

The Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency is a Senior Executive Service position within the Office of the Director of Administration and Management.

In late 2016, Jonathan H. Cofer became the third Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency after Steven E. Calvery retired.

On May 1, 2006, Calvery was selected as the Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. He was responsible for providing a full range of services to protect people, facilities, infrastructure and other resources at the Pentagon Reservation and in DoD-occupied facilities in the National Capital Region. Within this scope he exercised the authorities of the Secretary of Defense under 10 U.S.C 2674 with respect to force protection, security, and law enforcement. He was the DoD principle liaison with state and local authorities and communicates directly with DoD components and other executive departments and agencies in carrying out these assigned responsibilities and functions. Prior to this appointment, Calvery had served as the Director of Law Enforcement and Security within the Department of Interior. Calvery graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

The first Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency was John N. Jester Jr., who previously served as the Pentagon police chief.[2][3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brian A. Reaves (July 2006). "Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004" (PDF). Bureau of Justice Statistics. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Vogel, Steve (May 9, 2002). "Pentagon Security Checkup". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-04.
  3. ^ Hsu, Spencer S. (April 6, 2005). "Errors Cited in Anthrax Scare". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-04.

External linksEdit

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