National Institutes of Health Police

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National Institutes of Health Division of Police
NIH Logo
NIH Logo
AbbreviationNIH Police or NIH DP
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersBethesda, Maryland
Sworn members105 Sworn Officers
Parent agencyNational Institutes of Health
  • Hurricane Katrina[1]

In the US, the National Institutes of Health Division of Police (NIH DP) are the police force that police and protect National Institutes of Health (NIH) people and property.[2]


The NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, consists of approximately 75 buildings that span over 300 acres of exclusive federal jurisdiction.

The NIH Police are responsible for law enforcement services at the National Cancer Institute located in Fort Detrick, Maryland, and at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

The NIH in Bethesda has the world's largest hospital dedicated to scientific research, its own power plant, water treatment plant, and Fire Department. NIH also contains the Vaccine Research Center and C.W. Bill Young Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases which houses BSL 3 and BSL 4 laboratories.

NIH Police Officers


The NIH Police are an approximately 105-officer department which consists of Patrol Units, K9, Investigators, Intelligence Unit, Special Response Team, Training Division, Firearms Instructors, as well as Tactical Medical Officers.[3]

NIH Police Officers in uniform. Lieutenants and above wear white shirts, Sergeants and below wear blue shirts, and K-9 officers wear dark blue/grey uniforms.

Police and security[edit]

The NIH DP has both a Police Department and a contracted security force, known as the Guard Force Operations Branch (GFOB), which provides physical security at gates at campuses.[4]

Security at the perimeter consists of:

  • Police Officers
  • Contracted Security Guards
  • Security Technicians.[5]
NIH Police patrol vehicle (2012)

Rank structure[edit]

The rank structure of the NIH Police is as follows:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Patrol Officer First Class
  • Corporal
  • Master Patrol Officer
  • Sergeant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Deputy Chief
  • Chief.[6]


It is the mission of the NIH Division of Police to protect the country's national treasure: scientific research, the NIH research community and to ensure that the mission of NIH is not impeded by personal attacks, loss of assets, criminal activity or acts of terrorism.

Equipment and uniform[edit]

NIH Police are armed federal officers and have a variety of equipment to do their jobs.

NIH Police wear a midnight navy shirt and outer armor carrier (Officers), white shirts and outer armor carrier (Sergeants and above), midnight navy patrol duty uniform pants, and black boots. K-9 officers wear blue BDU-style uniform and baseball cap.

NIH Police are equipped with a Sig Sauer P320 pistol, radio, handcuffs, flashlight, OC spray, baton and marked patrol vehicles fitted with lights and sirens. Issued long guns are the H&K 416D semi-auto and the H&K MP5 SD.

NIH Police Chevrolet Tahoe


  1. ^ "Division of Police".
  2. ^ "About Division of Police". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  3. ^ "Home". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. ^ "Security Guards". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. ^ "Perimeter Security". Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  6. ^ "Division of Police". Retrieved 2021-10-25.

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