United States Mint Police
Patch of the U.S. Mint Police
Patch of the U.S. Mint Police
Flag of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Flag of the U.S. Department of the Treasury
Common nameMint Police
AbbreviationUSMP
Agency overview
Formed1792
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Agency executives
Parent agencyUnited States Mint
Offices
6
  • United States Mint Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • United States Mint at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • United States Mint at Denver, Colorado
  • United States Mint at San Francisco, California
  • United States Mint at West Point, New York
  • United States Bullion Depository, Fort Knox, Kentucky
Website
www.USMint.gov

The United States Mint Police (USMP) is a U.S. federal law enforcement agency responsible for the protection of the facilities of the U.S. Mint. In 2004 they employed 376 police officers.[1]

History

US Mint Police Special Response Team
US Mint Police Special Response Team

The United States Mint Police was founded in 1792, making it one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the United States.[2]

Official duties

United States Mint Police CVPI
United States Mint Police CVPI

Mint Police Officers are required to successfully pass the Uniform Police Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center at either Glynnco, Georgia or Artesia, New Mexico for 13 weeks and complete a 5 weeks field training program. The Mint Police is responsible for protecting over $300 billion in Treasury and other government assets stored in U.S. Mint facilities in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, Fort Knox, and West Point.[3] The Mint Police also safeguards over 2,800 U.S. Mint employees.[2] In addition, the United States Mint Police have guarded the U.S. Constitution; the Gettysburg Address; and from World War II to 1978, the Holy Crown of Hungary. Its scope has increased over the years, and it now trains with local law enforcement and has bicycle patrols throughout cities.[3]

In the past, the Mint Police have "participated in security details at a variety of non-Mint-related events, including two presidential inaugurations, the Kentucky Derby, 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and an International Monetary Fund/World Bank Conference."[3] It also assisted with Hurricane Katrina, protecting the New Orleans branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and participating in relief efforts.[3]

Rank Structure

Title Insignia
Chief
3 Gold Stars.svg
Deputy Chief
2 Gold Stars.svg
Commander
1 Gold Star.svg
Field Chief
Colonel Gold-vector.svg
Inspector
US-O4 insignia.svg
Lieutenant
US-O1 insignia.svg
Sergeant
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Detective
Police Officer

Equipment

As Federal Police officers, USMP officers carry firearms and a variety of police equipment, including batons, handcuffs, radios and oleoresin capsicum.

The USMP uses marked police vehicles in the execution of their duties, notably Fords, Chevrolet Tahoes, with red-and-blue lights, sirens and radio systems.[4]

Locations

USMP police and guard various facilities, including:

and headquarters in Washington, D.C.[5]

Fallen officer

Since the establishment of the United States Mint Police, one officer has died in the line of duty.[6]

Officer Date of death Details
Police Officer Ted Marvin Shinault
20 September 2005
Motorcycle accident

See also

References

  1. ^ Brian A. Reaves (July 2006). "Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004" (PDF). Bureau of Justice Statistics. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-08-26. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b United States Department of the Treasury. The United States Mint Police. Last accessed 29-02-2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Bailer, Bryn. Departments: A Closer Look at the United States Mint Police. Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine, December 2006. Last accessed 14-09-2017.
  4. ^ "Search results". www.google.com.[better source needed]
  5. ^ "U.S. Mint - Police Week | U.S. Mint".
  6. ^ "United States Department of the Treasury - United States Mint Police, U.S. Government, Fallen Officers". The Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).