U.S. Capitol Police

About this Agency

The U.S. Capitol Police is a federal force that has the responsibility of protecting the United States Congress. The official mission of the U.S. Capitol Police is as follows: The dedication. The pride. The legacy. Our mission is to protect and support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities.

U.S. Capitol Police officers have legal jurisdiction in congressional buildings, thoroughfares, and parks. They are mainly responsible for the protection of members of Congress, officers of Congress, and their families. In addition to these duties on United States soil, U.S. Capitol Police officers also protect and prevent crimes in its territories.

The rank structure within the U.S. Capitol Police is as follows: Private, Private with Training, Private First Class, Technician, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Inspector, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief, and Chief of U.S. Capitol Police.

The U.S. Capitol Police was founded by Congress in 1828. The agency and its responsibilities have grown over the years. At this time, there are approximately 1,800 U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Hiring Process and Eligibility

To apply for a job with the U.S. Capitol Police you must meet the minimum requirements which include:

  1. Between the ages of 21 and 37.
  2. Must be a US citizen.
  3. Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.
  4. Must have a valid US driver’s license.
  5. Must be in excellent health including vision no greater than 20/100 uncorrected.
  6. No felony convictions and no pending crime cases.

Contact Information

U.S. Capitol Police
119 D Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20510