Pentagon Force Protection Agency
|Pentagon Force Protection Agency|
|Formed||May 3, 2002|
|Operations jurisdiction||United States|
|Legal jurisdiction||The Pentagon and National Capital Region|
|Parent agency||Department of Defense|
The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) is a federal 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 Agency headquarters, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and other assigned DoD-occupied leased facilities within the National Capitol Region. As of 2004[update], the Pentagon Force Protection Agency employed 482 police officers.
This mission is accomplished with law enforcement officers (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.
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 2019, Daniel P. Walsh, Ph.D. became the Acting Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Dec.10, 2019, after Jonathan H. Cofer retired.
Walsh is 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 exercises the authorities of the Secretary of Defense under 10 U.S.C 2674 with respect to force protection, security, and law enforcement. He is the DoD principal 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.
The Pentagon Police Division (PPD) is the principal law enforcement arm of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA). PPD's role is to provide law enforcement and protective security services for The Pentagon and other Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) activities in the National Capital Region. These services include patrol, response, and investigation of criminal activity as well as protection of designated Defense officials.
Since the establishment of the Pentagon Police, two officers have died in the line of duty.
|Officer||Date of death||Details|
|Police Officer James Melvin Feltis III||Monday, February 14, 2005||Vehicular assault|
|Senior Police Officer George Gonzalez||Tuesday, August 3, 2021||Stabbing|
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