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Bill would reform Federal Protective Service

FPS, a 'police force in name only,' needs more transparency, according to D.C.'s congressional delegate.

Jan. 2, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said she will introduce legislation overhauling the Federal Protective Service when Congress returns Jan. 7.

Calling the agency “a police force in name only” Norton said in a statement the legislation would clearly define the authority of the agency and require new transparency rules.

“This is not an indictment of the officers, but of the legal and professional limbo that their current status and structure create,” she said.

She said the deaths of 12 people at a shooting in the Navy Yard in September was a stark reminder of how federal facilities can become targets and underscores the need for greater security measures.

The Federal Protective Service has about 1,000 law enforcement officers and 13,500 contracted guards protecting 9,600 facilities nationwide. The Government Accountability Office has issued repeated reports over the years detailing a lack of training, oversight and staff.

Norton is still working out the details of the legislation, according to the statement.

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