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April 25, 2011

Pentagon Force Protection Agency

PFPA is the civilian Defense Agency within the Department of Defense charged with protecting and safeguarding the occupants, visitors, and infrastructure of the Pentagon, Navy Annex and other assigned Pentagon facilities.

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PFPA Partners with DHA on "If You See Something, Say Something™" Campaign

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011 – The Pentagon Force Protection Agency, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security, today launched a public awareness campaign, aimed at encouraging Pentagon employees, visitors, and commuters to report suspicious activity: "If You See Something, Say Something™."
Every citizen plays a role in identifying and reporting suspicious activities and threats. Expanding the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign to the Pentagon will help us protect the men and women defending our country, and is an important part of our efforts to secure our nation and engage the American public in keeping our country safe and resilient.Story

Pentagon Police Badge Commemorates 9/11

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2011 – It’s nearly impossible to locate a single, agreed-upon origin story for most police badges. Research will yield a number of descriptions and histories of specific badges, most of which reflect the culture and history of the department and the community it serves. That’s certainly the case with the standard badge issued to all Pentagon Police Department officers when they join the Pentagon Force Protection Agency team. The badge features, among other things, an illustration of the Pentagon, a raised “U.S.,” and the agency’s crest. Story

Agency’s Night Shift Keeps Pentagon Safe

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 – On the evening of March 4, 2010, an armed gunman approached the Pentagon’s metro entrance and opened fire. “Everybody knew what they needed to do, and they just did it,” said Officer Christie Bolton of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s 4th Platoon. Bolton had just come on duty for her 12-hour overnight watch, and was in the process of turning over with the off-going shift. Story

Training Focuses on Ensuring Nothing Happens

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2011 – Though it may sound counterintuitive, training means ensuring nothing happens when the mission is making sure terrorists don’t strike. “We succeed if nothing happens,” said Jim Pelkofski, director of antiterrorism and force protection for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. “Nothing happens if you’re doing all you can to deter, detect, prevent and defeat a terrorist attack.” Story

Director Follows Antiterrorism Path Set by Cole Attack

WASHINGTON, April 27, 2011 – On Oct. 12, 2000, terrorists attacked the U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 sailors. Jim Pelkofski, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s director of antiterrorism and force protection, said the attack on Cole was a seminal event, both for the Navy and for him. Story

9/11 Memories Motivate Officer

WASHINGTON, April 26, 2011 – For Zelma Owens -- then a uniformed officer with the Defense Protective Service -- the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon set in motion a career path that has led to her current position as an antiterrorism officer with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency. Story

Protection Agency Keeps Pentagon Safe

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2011 – It is said that a successful terrorist only has to get it right once, while successful antiterrorism and force-protection professionals must get it right all the time –- 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, without fail. Story

History of PFPA

On May 3‚ 2002‚ in response to the terrorist attack against the Pentagon on Sept. 11‚ 2001 and the subsequent anthrax incidents‚ Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz established the Pentagon Force Protection Agency as a Department of Defense Agency under the cognizance of the Director of Administration and Management‚ under the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This new agency absorbed the DPS and its role of providing basic law enforcement and security for the Pentagon. Read More

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