Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Federal Protective Service
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) provides both security services and law enforcement to more than 8,000 federally owned and leased buildings nationwide. These buildings include office buildings, courthouses, border stations, and warehouses. FPS's headquarters is in Washington, D.C., but because of the large number of buildings for which it is responsible, it also operates regional offices in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C. In addition, FPS operates a megacenter in each state and in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico that serves as a dispatch network to provide emergency communications for police business and routine monitoring of security alarms in federal facilities. The FPS traces its history to 1790, when President George Washington appointed three commissioners to establish a federal territory that was to become the permanent seat of the government. The commissioners hired six night watchmen to ...