Some may have forgotten, or not be aware, that the Federal Reserve system has its own police force. Well, it does: “The U.S. Federal Reserve Police is the law enforcement arm of the Federal Reserve System, the central banking system of the United States…. Officers are certified to carry a variety of weapons systems (depending on assignment) including semi-automatic pistols, assault rifles, submachine guns, shotguns, less-lethal weapons, pepper spray, batons and other standard police equipment. Officers also wear bullet resistant vests/body armor. On October 12, 2010 President Barack Obama signed into law S.B. 1132 the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act Improvements Act”, which states that law enforcement officers of the Federal Reserve are “qualified law enforcement officers” and thus are authorized to carry a firearm off-duty.”
At last check, there were over 1000 sworn members of the Fed police force. And judging by the recent spike in appearances of such “help wanted” ads as those shown below, that number is too low. We expect many more job postings such as these to appear in the coming weeks and months: in fact, we are willing to predict that the closer we get to a “renormalization” of the Fed’s balance sheet, the faster the hiring of Fed cops…
Law Enforcement Officer
The Law Enforcement Officer is responsible for the protection of Bank property, valuables, and staff. Maintains security perimeter at building entrances, and performs routine building patrols to prevent unauthorized entry to premises, provide fire protection, and deter criminal and other irregular activities. Performs public relations functions by answering inquiries and providing direction to employees and visitors. Enforces federal laws and Federal Reserve policies and regulations to protect life, property and assets. Responds to incidents on Bank property and provides emergency services. This position is an essential function of the Bank and may require extended work hours and/or work during emergency or crisis situations.
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- Develops and maintains proficiency in areas such as weapons (lethal and non-lethal), first aid, CPR, fire fighting techniques, civil disorders, and public relations, by attending training classes. Must exhibit spontaneous good judgment over life and safety issues (shoot and don’t shoot scenarios, discrete handling of detected weapons and/or explosive devices, when to employ use of life saving and rescue equipment, etc.).
- Controls pedestrian and vehicle access to the facility, patrols building and reports unusual situations or unauthorized individuals. Responds to general alarm, provides emergency service, and follows local response protocol until the alarm or situation has been resolved. Monitors Bank departments for safety or security violation and reports findings to department management. May prepare and/or review appropriate shift reports and distributes as required. Works all posts. Prepares logs and input information pertaining to incident and daily activity reports in prescribed format.
- Monitors metal detectors or utilizes metal detection wands to scan visitors, personal items, and packages for unauthorized items. Monitors and authorizes visitors accessing Bank facilities and records visitor data on appropriate logs. Monitors surveillance equipment, intercoms, telephones, radios, and other specialized equipment. Inspects vehicles entering security sensitive areas for unauthorized personnel or contents.
- Operates as a law enforcement officer pursuant to the authority given the Board of Governors by Section 11 (q) of the Federal Reserve Act. Authorized personnel act as law enforcement officers pursuant to regulations of the Board of Governors and approved by the U.S. Attorney General (Uniform Regulations for Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officers).
- On an as needed basis may conduct initial investigations into accidents and incidents, make proper notifications to the senior law enforcement officer on duty, and perform follow up duties as directed by supervisor. Could be needed to testify in court in response to a subpoena regarding accidents or incidents.
- Develops proficiency in use of personal computer (PC) and related software, computerized access and control systems, video surveillance equipment, x-ray and metal screening equipment, various alarms systems and Automated External Defibrillators.
- On an as needed basis may participate in special assignments to protect dignitaries of a Reserve Bank or the Board of Governors, this could include escorting visitors, contractors and/or vendors working in high security areas.
- Education: High School Diploma or GED
- Experience: Less than two years