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    ICE - Federal Protective Service

    From what I understand, the re-organization including putting the Federal Protective Service (FPS) as a division of ICE, yet I haven't seen anything on here about the FPS.

    I'd like to know more about it, the relationship between FPS and the field of "immigration/customs" (if any???) and;

    what may be the future of this bureau within ICE.

    Any takers?

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    They were moved from GSA to DHS during some Post 9/11 moves. ICE is under DHS, I don't know why they would move it under ICE. Where did you get this info from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piggy View Post
    They were moved from GSA to DHS during some Post 9/11 moves. ICE is under DHS, I don't know why they would move it under ICE. Where did you get this info from?
    Federal Protective Service (FPS), is a division of ICE.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for eliminating border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security vulnerabilities. As such, the ICE organization is composed of four law enforcement divisions and several support divisions. These divisions of ICE combine to form a new investigative approach with new resources to provide unparalleled investigation, interdiction, and security services to the public and other law enforcement partners in the federal and local sectors.

    Office of Investigations - OI uses its broad legal authorities to protect the United States. OI does this by investigating and combating a range of issues that threaten national security such as strategic crimes, human rights violations, human smuggling; narcotics, weapons and other types of smuggling (to include weapons of mass destruction), immigration crimes, financial crimes, terrorism, cybercrimes and import/export enforcement issues. ICE Special Agents also conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation. Additionally, ICE Special Agents may be called upon to perform the duties of a Federal Air Marshal, or Secret Service agent.

    Office of Intelligence - Intelligence Research Specialists are responsible for the collection, analysis and dissemination of strategic and tactical intelligence data for use by the operational elements of ICE and DHS.

    Office of Detention and Removal - DRO is responsible for public safety and national security by enforcing the nation's immigration laws and ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens. DRO has Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEAs) that are the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement within the interior of the United States, whereas the U.S. Border Patrol is the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement on the border. DRO also has Deportation Officers who identify, apprehend, and remove aliens that are deportable from the United States. DRO has the Criminal Alien Program (CAP) that apprehends and removes criminal aliens in jails and prisons. DRO has also been mandated by Congress to reduce the number of fugitive aliens through its Fugitive Operations Program (FUGOPS), aliens that are still in the United States with an outstanding Warrant of Deportation. As such, ICE is partnered with the U.S. Marshals Service in operating JPATS, the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, otherwise known as Con-Air to remove criminal aliens from the United States. DRO also is in charge of detention of alien's who are in deportation proceedings and managing ICE and contract detention facilities.

    Office of the Federal Protective Service - responsible for policing, securing and ensuring a safe environment in which federal agencies can conduct their business by reducing threats posed against the more than 8,800 federal government facilities nationwide. FPS employs over 2000 police officers and over 15000 contract security guards to perform their mission.

    Office of the Principal Legal Advisor - The Office of Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) provides legal advice, training and services to support the ICE mission and defends the interests of the United States in the administrative and federal courts.

    Office of Congressional Relations - The Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) represents ICE’s core values and Department of Homeland Security objectives through federal Congressional liaison activities.
    Office of Professional Responsibility - The Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is responsible for investigating allegations of misconduct involving employees of ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). OPR preserves the organizational integrity of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by impartially, independently and thoroughly investigating allegations of criminal or serious administrative misconduct by ICE and CBP employees worldwide. Additionally, OPR inspects and reviews ICE offices, operations and processes so as to provide executive management with independent reviews of the agency's organizational health. In this role, OPR assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of ICE in carrying out its mission.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukluk View Post
    I haven't seen anything on here about the FPS.
    The Office of Federal Protective Service (FPS) is a branch of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is responsible for the security of over 8,800 owned and leased Federal buildings, facilities, properties and other federal assets. The FPS is a force of 2000 federal police officers which provides security police services to U.S. Federal buildings and other properties administered by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It also protects other properties as authorized.

    Its personnel have full law enforcement authority to respond to criminal incidents and emergencies. It also maintains a small force of plainclothes detectives called special agents to investigate crimes occurring on federal properties and conducts counter-intelligence investigations as needed. One of the FPS's tasks is the supervision of the approximately 10,000 contract security guards assigned to protect Federal buildings. It also conducts background checks on contract workers in federal buildings. Uniformed FPS officers and special agents respond to calls for assistance, conduct investigations and provide crime prevention tips, as well as assist in occupant emergency planning.

    FPS offers a full range of protective services and security capabilities, including:
    Specialized response capabilities, including Canine, Hazardous Materials, and Weapons of Mass Destruction Response Teams. Intelligence-sharing and investigative collaboration with law enforcement agencies at local, state, and federal levels; key participation in Federal Anti-Terrorism Task Forces.

    Continuous monitoring of facility alarms and emergencies through four FPS “MegaCenter” remote dispatch control centers. Protection support for public demonstrations, special events, including Presidential inaugurations and sporting events, such as the Olympic games and the Kentucky Derby.

    The FPS was established by act of Congress on 11 January 1971 as part of the Public Buildings Service of the General Services Administration. It traces its history to six watchmen hired by Congress in 1790 to protect the buildings and properties of the seat of government, to include those of the President, the Congress and other public offices.

    In accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, in 2003 the FPS became part of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its head was retitled from Assistant Commissioner to Director. The Director also serves as the chairman of the Federal Interagency Security Committee which is concerned with the physical security of all federal facilities.
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    Holy crap Big Sexy, I must have missed the memo.

    I worked with one about a year ago and it sounds like a nice gig. They all had take home G rides and went all over the state. I'm sure it takes a while to get a spot with them.
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    Big,

    Thanks for the info - very much appreciated. This sounds like a real good agency. I like that it is small but also so versatile. Definitely something I'm going to look into.

    It would sure be nice to hear from current FPS officers or S/As....

    The only thing I find strange about it is that it's under ICE... I guess it was too small to be an agency in and of itself directly under DHS, but also that it really didn't fit anywhere in the DHS community...so I guess they had to stick it somewhere... and ICE got them. I see no real connection between immigration/customs enforcement and the mission of the FPS...but who am I to argue :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukluk View Post
    Big,

    Thanks for the info - very much appreciated. This sounds like a real good agency. I like that it is small but also so versatile. Definitely something I'm going to look into.

    It would sure be nice to hear from current FPS officers or S/As....

    The only thing I find strange about it is that it's under ICE... I guess it was too small to be an agency in and of itself directly under DHS, but also that it really didn't fit anywhere in the DHS community...so I guess they had to stick it somewhere... and ICE got them. I see no real connection between immigration/customs enforcement and the mission of the FPS...but who am I to argue :D

    FPS employs over 2000 police officers
    I would not call FPS a small agency. You can't swing a stick in downtown Atlanta without hitting an FPS cop.
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    I live in Atlanta...

    So that's who all those cops are where I couldn't figure out which "agency" they were with.... That explains it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mukluk View Post
    I live in Atlanta...

    So that's who all those cops are where I couldn't figure out which "agency" they were with.... That explains it.
    A big clue would be the cars and trucks marked Federal Protective Service and the FPS uniforms. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm357 View Post
    A big clue would be the cars and trucks marked Federal Protective Service and the FPS uniforms. :D
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    ICE's website boast that they are the most versatile law enforcement division in the federal government. I also remember a statement about their agents assisting other agencies when needed. They make a good case.

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    Fps

    The Million Dollar question is: Are they ever going to Hire for FPS!!!!:D

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    with a force of 2000 officers, unless they are cutting down and replacing with more "contract security", I bet they are (will be).

    My gut tells me this would be an awesome gig... and it seems they have a huge counterterrorism/physical security component to what they do...which is my favorite kind of work.

    Please...anyone here an FPS officer/SA/inspector... tells us about the FPS!

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    Recently I have been hired by a contract security guard company that provides
    services to the federal buildings in the Washington area. We deal with the FPS officers daily. Some like it some hate it. They (FPS) do not get alot of play like the local PD's do but they will assist if needed. All they really do is drive from site to site to relieve the guards for breaks when they need them and run plates all day. We are on the same radio channel as FPS so we hear everything that they are doing. But, they are a fairly busy bunch. They normally pull 3-4 arrests
    a day at just one of our sites (normally warrants).
    In WA state they are on a hiring freeze for almost a year now (not to sure about the other states) they have not been getting the funding they need from the government. Also at the beginning of next year they will be losing some of there benefits and maybe pay I cant remember. But I have been told by almost all the FPS officers they are the low man on the pole when it comes to budget.

    But again this is WA state I am unsure of how they work anywhere else.
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    I wouldnt look for them to be hiring anytime soon. From speaking with some of their officers apparently the overall budget of FPS is a total mess and they are possibly looking at a RIF (reduction in force) in the near future. It was described to me as "bleak" times at FPS.
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