Department of the Air Force Police

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Badge of the US Air Force civilian Police
United States Air Force Security Forces POLICE Patch

The United States Department of the Air Force Police are the civilian uniformed police service of the United States Department of the Air Force, responsible for the force protection of assets and all aspects of law enforcement on U.S. Air Force and Space Force installations, and other facilities operated by Air Force and Space Force.[1]

The DAF Police are a federal law enforcement agency with full authority to enforce laws, rules and regulations and make arrests on Air Force and Space Force–controlled property. Department of the Air Force Police operate throughout the United States under the direction of the installation commanders and the Air Provost Marshal.

The Department of the Air Force Police is part of the largest governmental agency, the United States Department of Defense (DOD).


The DAF Civilian Police officers performs law enforcement and crime prevention duties to maintain law and order during normal and emergency operations.

They performs police duties to assure the protection of life, property, and the civil rights of individuals through the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, agency rules, and regulations.

DAF Civilian Police officers:

  • testify in court,
  • take measurements and photographs of crime and accident scenes,
  • acts as First responders to all types of emergencies or volatile situations such as terrorist attacks, hostage/barricaded situations, bomb threats, vehicle accidents, robberies, hazardous material incidents, and other emergencies,
  • provide specialized traffic control services,
  • secures and processes crime scenes,

conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtain witness statements and, if necessary, detain suspects.

Department of the Air Force Police can issue the DD Form 1408 Armed Forces Traffic Ticket, and the DD Form 1805 U.S. District Court Violation Notice. The DD Form 1408 does not have any monetary fines associated with it, and is typically used as a warning or other type of punishment. The DD Form 1805 can carry a monetary fine or require a mandatory appearance in U.S. District Court. Points are also assessed on all 50 states driver licenses.

The Department of the Air Force Police occasionally provides executive protection services for visiting dignitaries.

Job description[edit]

DAF Police are designated under the GS-0083 series. "Police Officer" or "Detective" is the established title for non-supervisory positions in the Police Series, GS-0083. (The detective title is for positions primarily concerned with police investigations involving violations of criminal or other laws.)

This series includes positions the primary duties of which are:

  • the performance or supervision of law enforcement work in the preservation of the peace;
  • the prevention, detection, and investigation of crimes;
  • the arrest or apprehension of violators;
  • and the provision of assistance to citizens in emergency situations, including the protection of civil rights.

The purpose of police work is to assure compliance with federal, state, county, and municipal laws and ordinances, and agency rules and regulations pertaining to law enforcement work.


Cadets of the Department of the Air Force Police attend a 10-week training academy (formerly 6 weeks) at the Department of Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center (LETC) in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is a Department of the Air Force-specific course that does not certify officers to work on Veteran's Administration properties, only Air Force and Space Force installations.[2]

They train to proficiency with 9mm semi-automatic pistol, and other firearms such as the M-4/M-16, shotgun, and other special weapons or ordnance, as well as become experienced in computerized investigations systems.


United States Air Force Security Forces GUARD Patch

The Department of Air Force also employs civilian guards (DAF Guard) (Security Guard Series, GS-0085) to protect DAF property and persons, along with DAF Civilian Police and USAF Security Forces (military police).

DAF Guards are armed and wear a uniform similar to DAF Civilian Police, but with a patch and badge reading "GUARD" instead of "POLICE" or "officer". These duties were formerly carried out by private contract guards. [3] [4][5]

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