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Emergency preparedness

The History of the Protective Services Police Department

In the 1940’s after World War II, the Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia organized a security force primarily made up of veterans that were tasked with safeguarding District owned properties in order to prevent theft and protect the District’s assets. During this period, this force was known as the District of Columbia Guard Force, whose primary duty was to provide night-watchman services for District buildings.


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