Veterans Affairs Police

About this Agency

The Veterans Affairs Police is part of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The uniformed police service is known officially as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police.

The responsibility of the police force is to protect the hospitals and other facilities that are part of the Veterans Health Administration and United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The mission of the Veterans Affairs Police is to: Deliver professional law enforcement and security services while maintaining law and order, and the protection of persons and property, on VA campuses and in buildings under the jurisdiction of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Affairs Police agents have the ability to enforce laws and make arrests on Veterans Affairs property. Agents are stationed across the country, and report to facility directors in their area. At this time, there are roughly 2,800 active Veterans Affairs Police officers.

Responsibilities of agents within the Veterans Affairs Police department include: arrests and investigations on VA property; program development and guidance; program inspections; executive protection; direct support in all areas of security; to act as a liaison with other law enforcement agencies. The Veterans Affairs Police was formed in 1973.

Hiring Process and Eligibility

All Veterans Affairs Police officers are required to meet the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or two years of law enforcement experience.
  2. Pass a physical exam.
  3. Pass the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory psychological evaluation.
  4. Pass a background investigation.
After being selected for a position, all officers must complete a five week training course at the Veterans Affairs Law Enforcement Training Center.

Contact Information

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Police
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
http://www1.va.gov/OSLE/