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The mission of the Protective Operations Division is to manage comprehensive physical security and law enforcement programs for USDA headquarters facilities in the National Capitol Region and at other sites outside the region designated by the Department.  Provides for the control of personnel access, enforcement of laws and regulations, the physical security of facilities, and the protection of personnel and government assets.  More specifically, the function includes the management of a contract special police officer and security guard force; the conduct of security surveys, investigations, and risk assessments; the provision of security services for high risk personnel and other attendees at departmental events or operations; the response to high security alerts and alarms that could impact national security; mobile protection and transportation of selected senior departmental personnel; the electronic security examination of visiting personnel, mail and materiel that enters USDA facilities; and vehicular parking management.

Conducts coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies for routine and emergency operations and support. Conducts liaison and information sharing with the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and other agencies on matters pertaining to law enforcement and security.

Manages a technical security program that provides state-of-the-art technology to USDA agencies and facilities in the National Capitol Region and at designated critical sites around the nation.  The technical systems include electronic intrusion detection, access control, CCTV and security control center operations.  Specifically, the program includes functions such as project surveys, estimation, system design, equipment procurement, installation and maintenance

Employees and agency administrative officials needing more information may learn about these services by visiting the Protective Operations Division in Room 1434, South Agriculture Building, or by calling 720-6270.

 Photo of Ken Lescallett Ken Lescallett, Director of Protective Operations


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