When you walk into the San Francisco Fed, the first person to greet you is often a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer (FRLEO). They offer friendly smiles and warm hellos that make everyone who walks through the door feel welcome. And they’re often the last person to say “have a nice night” when you leave. It’s truly an uplifting way to start and end the day. For employees and visitors alike, it’s also a gentle reminder that dedicated peace officers are always here to protect our people and organization.
Most of what you see only scratches the surface.
Sworn FRLEOs and technicians are on the job 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They ensure only those who are supposed enter the building are allowed in. They process new employees. They screen vehicles, parcels, and people. In fact, we have five K9 teams in four of our branches trained in explosives detection. Many of our officers are trained as emergency medical technicians and are first responders to medical emergencies in our offices. With most of our offices are in major metropolitan areas, our FRLEOs are often called to respond to incidents of theft or vandalism or to assist local police in their investigations.
“We are proud to provide a safe and secure environment for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s employees, tenants, and visitors while safeguarding the Bank’s facilities, operations, and assets,” says Chief John Brown, who oversees the San Francisco Fed’s Central Region.
On January 9, the San Francisco Fed joined communities across the United States for National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Employees and Bank leaders took a moment to recognize the 154 federally sworn officers and 44 civilian employees serving in the 12th District’s police services.
The Bank’s newest sworn officers were introduced to staff. Several officers received peer-nominated awards for their continuous dedication to their local unit, group, and Bank, as well as their dedication to service. Employees were also invited to connect with officers on a more personal level at “Coffee with a Cop” events across the District.
Chief Brown notes, “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day is meant to offer everyone a deeper look into Police Services. Since becoming police chief in San Francisco, I’ve been privileged to witness the preparation, dedication, and tenacity of our team. Alongside Chief Don Perkins and Chief Mark DiMaggio in our Northern and Southern Regions, I take great pride in leading this team of professionals. That’s entirely due to what our officers bring to the table.”
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The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the management of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco or of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.