Supreme Court of the United States Police

About this Agency

The Supreme Court of the United States Police is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is one of the smallest federal law enforcement agencies in the United States. The mission of the Supreme Court of the United States Police department, as well as its officers, is: to ensure the integrity of the constitutional mission of the U.S. Supreme Court by protecting the Supreme Court building, the Justices, employees, guests, and visitors.

The first Supreme Court Security Force was established in 1935 to protect the new Supreme Court Building. In 1949, the Supreme Court of the United States Police was formally established by Congress. In the early days, Supreme Court Police officers were not permitted to carry firearms or make arrests outside of their jurisdiction. Their only responsibility was to patrol the Supreme Court building.

Today, officers of the Supreme Court of the United States Police are much more involved. They are responsible for protecting the Supreme Court building and its surroundings, as well as protecting the Chief Justice and Associate Justices. Along with this, other responsibilities include courtroom security and emergency response.

There are several units within the Supreme Court of the United States Police department. They include: Protected Services, Uniformed Services, Threat Assessment Unit, Background Investigation Unit, Honor Guard, Key Response Squad, and HazMat/Bomb Response.

At this time, there are 125 sworn members of the Supreme Court of the United States Police department.

Contact Information

Supreme Court of the United States Police
202-479-3211
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/