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What are Special Police Officers?

As a special police officer, you provide safety and security services for an assigned area or company. You may work as an auxiliary police officer for the police force to provide support for full-time officers, or you may work in a fire police or company police unit. Federal buildings such as the Navy Yard in Washington DC, Hospitals, university campuses, and museums just to name a few often rely on special police officers to keep the peace. Your job duties are similar to those of other law enforcement officials. You may direct traffic, make traffic stops, conduct investigations and make arrests. Depending where you work, you may or may not carry a firearm.

What is special police in Washington DC?

The term Special Police Officer (SPO), is any person who is commissioned which have been approved pursuant to this act, and who may be authorized to carry a weapon. They are privately commissioned police officers with full arrest powers within an area or premises which the officer has been employed to protect.


Protect personnel and property in a professional manner
Meet and deal tactfully and politely with general public
Effectively and efficiently screen and process visitors
Conduct internal and external roving foot patrols
Direct traffic
Ability to maintain excellent detection rate on x ray machine
Detect and respond to alarms and emergencies
Secure entrances and exits during emergencies
Control keys and lock combinations
Communicate and remain accessible via two way radio or company issued cellular phone
Understand and comply with all requirements defined within company documents to include: Post and General Orders, plans, policies, procedures.
Observe and report all offenses/incidents
Perform reporting on utility systems
Provide first aid, CPR, and assist during emergencies as necessary.
Must be able to wear protective body armor as a part of the duty uniform.
Maintain mandated training requirements in accordance with company guidance.
Maintain physical fitness, agility requirements, and weapons qualifications.
Ensure safety requirements compliance and safe work practices.
Support safety programs Participate in Quality and Process Improvement programs.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Regular, in-person attendance is required.
Special Police Officer Washington DC

Special police officer shall have the same powers as a law enforcement officer to Arrest without a warrant for offenses committed within the premises to which his or her jurisdiction extends or outside the premises on a fresh pursuit for offenses committed on the premises. C. Code §23-582A.

Special police officers appointed pursuant to § 1100.1 shall be strictly confined in their authority to the particular place or property which they are commissioned to protect.

To protect the property of one person or corporation located in various sections of the District of Columbia and in more than one police district, and to protect money, securities, or other property being transported between the locations of the property of that person or corporation, or between those locations and certain banks or other depositories. All locations of property, banks, or other places pursuant to § 1101.2 shall be specified upon the face of the commission issued to those special police officers.

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