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Federal Protective Service


The U.S. Federal Protective Service is an office within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate.

As part of the FY 2010 budget, FPS was transfered from ICE to the DHS NPPD [National Protection and Programs Directorate]

The U.S. Federal Protective Service was formerly an office within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

The Federal Protective Service employs over 1,200 Federal Police Officers, Inspectors, and Special Agents. These officers are tasked with the protection of over 9,000 federal buildings and properties that are either leased or owned by the U.S. General Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

More information about the FPS can be found here, and here.


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Regions

The Federal Protective Service is divided into 11 regions throughout the United States.

  • Region 1 - New England
  • Region 2 - Northeast & Caribbean
  • Region 3 - Mid-Atlantic
  • Region 4 - Southeast
  • Region 5 - Central
  • Region 6 - Heartland
  • Region 7 - Greater Southwest
  • Region 8 - Rocky Mountain
  • Region 9 - Pacific Rim
  • Region 10 - Northwest & Arctic
  • Region 11 - National Capitol Region

A map of the FPS Regions can be found on the DHS website.

MegaCenters

Each of these regions is assigned to a "MegaCenter" who provides alarm monitoring and emergency dispatch services to the units in the field. There are four such centers in the United States.

  • MegaCenter Philadelphia (Pennsylvania; Serves Regions 1, 2, 3)
  • MegaCenter Battle Creek (Michigan; Serves Regions 4, 5, 6)
  • MegaCenter Denver (Colorado; Serves Regions 7, 8, 9, 10)
  • MegaCenter Suitland (Maryland; Serves Region 11)

More information about the MegaCenters can be found here.

Unit IDs

Each unit in the field is assigned a distinctive sequence number to identify their region and assignment. Assignment designators are as follows:

  • CHARLES - Captain
  • GEORGE - Contract Guards
  • IDA - Investigator
  • KING - Canine Unit
  • LINCOLN - Lieutenant
  • OSCAR - Court Security Officers
  • PAUL - Patrol Officer
  • SAM - Sergeant
  • TOM - Physical Security Specialist (Non-Commissioned)
  • VICTOR - Commander
  • X-RAY - Dispatch Supervisor
 Example Unit Number: 11 GEORGE 199
 The first digits indicate what region the unit is assigned to.
 In this example the officer is assigned to the National Capitol Region (Region 11)
 
 The next designator is a letter, this letter indicates what type or assignment
 the unit holds.
 In this example "GEORGE" indicates that the unit is a Contract Security Guard.
 
 The third number is an individual officer number.

Frequencies by MegaCenter & Region

The most common frequencies nationwide are 417.200 and 415.200. Squelch tones (PL, DPL, NAC) and actual frequencies will vary by location. Some areas are using APCO-25 Common Air Interface digital. Full time or part time encryption is also being employed by some areas and regions.

MegaCenter Philadelphia (Regions 1, 2, 3)

Region 1 (New England)
 408.2000 R / 417.2000 NAC 201  Regional Channel (logged in ME, NH, MA, RI, VT and CT)
  
Region 2 (Northeast)
 408.2000 R NAC 270  Albany, New York City, Long Island
 417.2000 R NAC 293  Syracuse
Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)
 413.8750R CSQ      Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Baltimore (PL 123.0 reported in use in Philadelphia & Baltimore)
 409.4000R 103.5    Philadelphia - NEW 12/2010 
 409.4000R 123.0    Woodlawn/Baltimore - New 2/2012

MegaCenter Battle Creek (Regions 4, 5, 6)

Region 4 (Southeast)
 410.8000R NAC 201 Miami(Dade County)/Ft. Lauderdale(Broward County) (one frequency covers both counties)
 410.8000R NAC 201  West Palm Beach
 415.2000R PL 192.8 Louisville (Alternate PL reported to be 118.8)
 415.2000R Unk      Memphis
 407.0000R PL 103.5 Dayton
 *Atlanta area operations are on the Atlanta Federal (GSA) TRS

Region 5 (Central) 
 407.0000 NAC 201  Cleveland, Toledo
 406.2000 Unk      Indianapolis (P25, Unknown NAC)
 407.0000 NAC 201  Minneapolis/St. Paul (Primary?), Chicago (Back-Up)
 408.2000 NAC 201  Detroit
 406.7000 NAC 201  Chicago (Primary), Milwaukee
 406.2000 NAC 201  Milwaukee (Primary), Chicago

Region 6 (Heartland)
 417.2000 Unk      St. Louis (P25, Unknown NAC; Partial Encryption reported)
 408.2000 NAC 293  Kansas City (P25, Partial Encryption)

MegaCenter Denver (Regions 7, 8, 9, 10)

Region 7 (Greater Southwest)

Region 7 P-25 Channel Plan
Ch Description      Output   Input    NAC
 1 Dallas-Ft Worth  410.8000 419.8000 731
 2 Houston          410.8000 419.8000 798
 3 New Orleans      410.8000 419.8000 742 
 4 Baton Rouge      410.8000 419.8000 753
 5 El Paso          410.8000 419.8000 709
 6 San Antonio      410.8000 419.8000 715
 7 OKC              410.8000 419.8000 764
 8 Little Rock      410.8000 418.4000 721
 9 Austin           410.8000 419.8000 776
10 Albquerque       406.2000 415.2000 787
11 R-7 Main         410.8000 419.8000 201
12 R-7 Talk-Around  413.9500  N/A     293
Region 7 Confirmed Usage
 410.800 NAC 201  Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio
 410.800 NAC 715  Austin, San Antonio
 410.800 NAC unk. Fort Worth  
 415.200 CSQ      Dallas/Ft. Worth Dispatch (old, replaced by 410.800)
 417.650 CSQ      Dallas/Ft. Worth
 419.150 CSQ      Dallas Tactical
 419.650 CSQ      Ft. Worth Tactical
 415.200 PL 103.5 Austin
 415.200 PL 103.5 Houston (old, replaced by 410.800)
 415.200 Unk      El Paso
 415.200 PL 103.5 Oklahoma City
 415.200 PL 103.5 Little Rock

Region 8 (Rocky Mountain)

 410.800 DCS 125  Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley
 *Denver/Boulder operations are on the Front Range Federal (GSA) TRS
 *Salt Lake City operations are on the Salt Lake City Federal (GSA) TRS

Region 9 (Pacific Rim)

 417.200 PL 127.3 San Fransisco, Sacramento
 417.200 PL 127.3  Mount Lukens
 415.200 Pl 127.3  11000 Wilshire Blvd., Federal Building
 415.200 PL 127.3  300 North Los Angeles Street Federal Building

Region 10 (Northwest & Arctic)

 408.2000 NAC 114  "Regional" Regional Channel
 410.8000 NAC 114  "Issaquah" Issaquah Channel
 408.2000 NAC 114  "Tacoma" Tacoma Channel
 415.2000 PL 114.8 "TacomaSSA" Tacoma Social Security Admin Guards Tac (may be using NAC 114)
 410.8000 NAC 114  "Olympia" Olympia Channel
 408.2000 NAC 114  "Everett" Everett Channel
 411.0375 PL 114.8 "FL Ward 1" Floor Warden Channel 1 (may be using NAC 114)
 408.2000 NAC 107  "Portland" Portland Channel
 407.0000 NAC 114  "EGWW Gar" Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building Guards
 413.9500 PL 114.8 "ODS Ptnd" ODS Tower Portland Guards Tac (may be using NAC 293)
 407.0000 NAC 114  "SpokaneFB" Spokane Federal Building Guards Tac
 413.4750 NAC 114  "E-WA Gd" East Washington Guards Tactical
 413.9500 PL 114.8 "JunoFBks1" Juno-Fairbanks Channel 1 (may be using NAC 114)
 413.9500 NAC 114  "GuardTac"
 408.2000 Unk       Anchorage
 
 *Quoted text denotes channel name.

MegaCenter Suitland (Region 11)

Region 11 (National Capitol, includes Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC)
 415.2000 NAC 201  National Capitol Region Ch 1/2 (Partial Encryption)
 417.2000 NAC 201  National Capitol Region Ch 3/4 (Partial Encryption)
 414.4750 NAC 203  National Capitol Region Ch 5/6 (Partial Encryption)

FPS may also use the following frequencies:

  • 411.2750
  • 412.4000
  • 414.4750
  • 417.2500
  • 417.4250
  • 418.0750
  • 419.1500
  • 419.6500

Federal Protective Service - States Database

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Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas


California

Federal Protective Service - San Francisco (County)


Colorado


Connecticut

Hartford (County)

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
408.20000  417.20000   RM  201 NAC  FPS NE New England Operations  P25  Federal 


Delaware


Florida
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
410.80000  419.80000   RM  201 NAC  F.P.S. Federal Protective Service [clear and encrypted]  P25  Federal 


Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho


Illinois

(Chicago/Milwaukee)

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
415.20000  413.95000   RM  103.5 PL  FPD ChicagoC Federal Protection Service (Chicago/Milwaukee) [No longer in use]  FM  Deprecated 
406.70000  415.70000   RM  201 NAC  FPD ChicagoA Federal Protection Service - wide area (Chicago/Milwaukee)  P25  Federal 
406.20000      RM  201 NAC  FPD ChicagoB Federal Protective Service - Local Area  P25  Federal 

GSA Police



Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland


Massachusetts

Suffolk (County) Boston


Michigan
Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
408.20000  RM  201 NAC  FPS Detroit Detroit  P25  Federal 
408.20000  RM  003 NAC  FPS BC Battle Creek  P25  Federal 


Minnesota
Mississippi


Missouri
Frequency  Input   
Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
408.20000  417.20000   RM  FPS KC Police (Kansas City MO/KS)  P25  Federal 


Montana
Nebraska
Nevada


New Hampshire
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
408.20000  417.20000   RM  201 NAC  FPS Federal Protective Service  P25  Federal 


New Jersey
New Mexico


New York

Onondaga (County)

Frequency  Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
417.20000  RM  FPS 417.2 Federal Protective Service  P25  Federal 


North Carolina
North Dakota


Ohio
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
407.00000  416.00000   RM  103.5 PL  FPS DAYTON Federal Protective Service Police - Dayton Repeater  FMN  Federal 
407.00000  416.00000   RM  201 NAC  FPS TOLEDO Federal Protective Service - Toledo  P25  Federal 
407.00000  416.00000   RM  201 NAC  FPS CLEVELND Federal Protective Service - Cleveland  P25  Federal 


Oklahoma

Federal Building Security (GSA) - Oklahoma City

Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
415.20000  RM  103.5 PL  FedBldg Security Federal Building Security  FM  Federal 
417.20000  RM  CSQ  FedBldgMaintenan Federal Building Maintenance  FM  Federal 


Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee


Texas
Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
410.80000  RM  201 NAC  FPD Reg 7 FPS Region 7 - Operations  P25  Federal 

Austin

Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
415.20000    103.5 PL  FPS 8th St Federal Building on 8th Street  FMN  Federal 
410.80000  RM  201 NAC  FPS Reg 7 Operations Region 7  P25  Federal 
410.80000  RM  776 NAC  FPS Austin Operations Austin  P25  Federal 

Dallas-Fort Worth

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
413.95000  415.20000   RM  103.5 PL  1 Dallas/Fort Worth  FMN  Federal 
407.17500  417.65000   RM  103.5 PL  2 Dallas/Fort Worth  FMN  Federal 
408.17500  419.15000   RM  103.5 PL  3 Dallas/Fort Worth  FMN  Federal 
410.02500  419.65000   RM  103.5 PL  4 Dallas/Fort Worth  FMN  Federal 
410.80000      RM  731 NAC  FPS Dallas Dallas Operations  P25  Federal 

Houston

Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
410.80000  419.80000   RM  201 NAC  FPS DispReg7 Ch. 1 Dispatch/Operations - Regionwide (Region 7)  P25  Federal 
410.80000  419.80000   RM  798 NAC  FPS Disp Hou Dispatch/Operations - Houston  P25  Federal 
413.95000      293 NAC  FPS Talk 293 Talk-Around  P25  Federal 
413.96250      201 NAC  FPS 5 Tac Ch. 5 Tactical  P25  Federal 
413.95000      201 NAC  FPS Talk 201 Talk-Around  P25  Federal 
412.96250      201 NAC  FPS 2 Ch. 2  P25  Federal 
413.47500      201 NAC  FPS Talk 413.475 Talk-Around  P25  Federal 

San Antonio

Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
410.80000  RM  201 NAC  FPS San Anto FPS Operations - Denver Mega Center  P25  Federal 
410.80000  RM  715 NAC  FPS San Anto FPS Operations - Denver Mega Center  P25  Federal 
413.95000  103.5 PL  FPS Talk FPS Talkaround  FMN  Federal 


Utah
Vermont
Virginia


Washington
Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
417.20000  RM    FPS Seattle Seattle Area  P25  Federal 
407.00000  RM  114 NAC  FPS SPO Fbld Spokane Federal Building Guard Tac  P25  Security 


West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


District of Columbia

District of Columbia - Washington-Baltimore

Frequency  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
417.20000  RM  201 NAC  FPS DOL 1 Department of Labor (Ch. 1)  P25  Federal 
416.02500  RM  202 NAC  FPS DOL 2 Department of Labor (Ch. 2)  P25  Federal 
408.20000  RM  201 NAC  FPS 408.2 Federal Protective Service (often encrypted)  P25  Federal 
410.80000  RM  201 NAC  FPS 410.8 Federal Protective Service (often encrypted)  P25  Federal 


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