Washington National Cathedral Police
The Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation Police, commonly known as the Washington National Cathedral Police, is a small police force responsible for protecting the land of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which mainly consists of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., in the United States. The 57-acre grounds of the Cathedral include three schools, a parish church, places of religious study, the Bishop's house and administration, plus assorted other buildings, gardens and playing fields. The police force numbers around 20 officers, who are licensed as special police officers by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, and enjoy full police powers when on Cathedral Foundation property or in pursuit of suspects.
The main functions of the police, in addition to public safety, are lost property management and traffic control, and the force works closely with both the Metropolitan Police and federal agencies when planning major state events, such as the funeral of President Ronald Reagan. The police operate a number of marked vehicles, with decals and lightbars.
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