The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Police is the largest uniformed federal police force in the nation with over
2200 officers assigned to 171 duty stations.
D.V.A. Police officers conduct
foot and motor patrols of the facilities as well as answering all alarms and calls for assistance. The Police Central Operations is
located on the 1st floor and is manned 24 hours per day. In addition to performing all of the traditional police duties, we
also find ourselves dealing with persons having psychological, alcohol and drug abuse problems. There are also other issues
to deal with that are brought about by being in an urban environment and dealing with persons of a diverse ethnic background.
The D.V.A. Police are armed Federal Law Enforcement
Officers who have the authority to enforce the Federal laws, the Code of Federal Regulations (under 38 CFR) and the state
laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. All D.V.A. Officers meet the U.S. Civil Service (O.P.M.) standards under the 0083 series
(Federal Police Officers). The D.V.A. Police authority is derived from 38 United States Code, Sections 901-904.
D.V.A. Police Academy
All D.V.A. Police Officers are required to attend
and complete the Eight Week Basic Police Officers Training Course at the D.V.A. Law Enforcement Training Center in North Little
Rock, Arkansas located at Ft. Root. This training is approved by the U.S. Department of Justice and is accredited by the University