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Federal Reserve System Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer in New York, New York


Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Are you looking for an opportunity to pursue your law enforcement career in a rewarding and fulfilling way? If so, consider joining us as a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer.

New York Fed Law Enforcement Officers are a critical part of our operations and are responsible for maintaining the safety and protection of the U.S. central bank’s historic facilities and 3,000 employees. It’s a role that requires a passion for our mission to make the U.S. economy stronger and the financial system more stable for all.

What we do:

As a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer, you will provide protection for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, one of twelve Reserve Banks that make up the central bank of the United States. Each day as a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer involves providing 24/7 protection of Bank property, employees, and valuables. You may be stationed at any of our locations in Lower Manhattan or East Rutherford, New Jersey and should live within a commutable distance of both.

Our FLETA Accredited (Federal Law Enforcement Training Association) Basic Law Enforcement Course (“the Academy”) consists of an intense, highly regimented, extremely rigorous, ten-week physical and academic training program that includes formal legal and law enforcement classroom training, defensive tactics training, de-escalation training, firearms training, and scenario-based training and testing.

Participants must be able to graduate the Academy having met all requirements to become a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer. Upon successful completion of the Academy, all new officers will undergo three weeks of Field Training before being assigned to their permanent tours.

The target start date for the Spring 2024 Academy is March 2024 and is primarily held at our lower Manhattan location.

For tenured officers, opportunities exist for special assignments including participation in our Training Unit, Executive Protection Unit, Emergency Response Team, and Honor Guard.

Your role as a Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officer:

  • Maintain the physical protection of the people, property, and premises by conducting interior and exterior patrols and manning highly visible surveillance posts in all weather conditions.

  • Conduct diligent inspections and observation of all persons, vehicles, and activity in the vicinity of posts or persons entering the facilities; field interview all unauthorized people and report suspicious or unusual activity; and control pedestrian and vehicle access to the facility.

  • Respond to emergencies and other potentially dangerous situations, threats to Bank personnel and the facility and exhibit good judgment over life and safety issues while adhering to Federal Law Enforcement protocols, Bank policy and procedures.

  • Operate security screening equipment at the Bank’s posts, entrances, and garage, including but not limited to video surveillance, recordings, access control, alarms, x-ray machines, metal detectors, and explosive detection equipment.

  • Inspect vehicles entering the facility at our checkpoints.

  • Provide emergency service and follow local response protocols.

  • Perform building patrols for safety or security violations and report findings to command staff.

  • Develop and maintain proficiency in areas such as weapons, first aid, CPR, firefighting techniques, civil disorders, and public relations, by attending training classes.

  • Carry firearms and make arrests for offenses against the United States and access law enforcement information pursuant to section 11(q) of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 248(q)).

  • Attend training to meet all physical and classroom training requirements annually.

  • Answer inquiries of the public and employees, monitor employee and visitor IDs, inspect packages and bags, and direct persons to their destinations as needed.

  • Prepare logs and input information pertaining to incident and daily activity reports.

  • On an as needed basis, participate in special assignments to protect dignitaries of a Reserve Bank or the Board of Governors (including the escorting of visitors, contractors and/or vendors working in high security areas).

What we are looking for:

Candidates from all backgrounds who meet the following criteria are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Must be at least 21 years of age plus,

A high school diploma, GED, college credits, or college degree, or

2 years of law enforcement experience, or

2 years of military experience (with Honorable Discharge)

  • Able to successfully complete a rigorous physical and academic Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Academy, as well as annual recertification requirements.

  • Willingness and ability to work a 24/7 schedule, varied hours and overtime, variable shifts (including evenings and overnight), and holiday and weekend work at any of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s locations.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a marksman's level of firearms proficiency.

  • Possess a valid unrestricted motor vehicle driver license and have proficient driving skills. Must maintain this license for the duration of your employment. Ability to operate police equipped vehicles.

  • Demonstrates our department’s values of integrity, courage, accountability, respect, and excellence.

  • Ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy in situations dealing with the public and employees.

  • Must develop proficiency in use of personal computer and related software, computerized access and control systems, video surveillance equipment, x-ray and metal screening equipment, various alarms systems and Automated External Defibrillators.

  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment background process that includes (but is not limited to) physical and psychological assessments.

  • Excellent communications skills including the ability to provide clear and concise written and verbal reporting in time sensitive and high stress situations.

Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officers operate as a law enforcement officer pursuant to the authority given the Board of Governors by Section 11 (q) of the Federal Reserve Act. Authorized personnel act as law enforcement officers pursuant to regulations of the Board of Governors and approved by the U.S. Attorney General (Uniform Regulations for Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officers).

If hired, Federal Reserve Law Enforcement Officers are subject to monthly random drug screening and medical exams every two years.

This position is fully onsite at our Lower Manhattan and East Rutherford, NJ Offices, and does not have remote capabilities.

How to apply:

Cover letter or Statement of Interest preferred when submitting your resume.

Salary : $57000 / year

We believe in transparency at the NY Fed. This salary range reflects a variety of skills and experiences candidates may bring to the job. We pay individuals along this range based on their unique backgrounds. Whether you’re stretching into the job or are a more seasoned candidate, we aim to pay competitively for your contributions .

Our Touchstone Behaviors —Communicate Authentically, Collaborate Inclusively, Drive Progress, Develop Others, and Take Ownership—help shape the culture of the Bank. They also provide a shared language for how we work together and achieve success, and they set clear expectations for leading with impact at every stage of your career with us. Learn more. (https://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/touchstone-behaviors)


Our organization offers a comprehensive benefits package that is competitive with those of top employers across the country:

  • Fully paid Pension plan and 401k with Generous Match

  • Generous Tuition Assistance Program that provides reimbursement for undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • Comprehensive Insurance Plans (Medical, Dental and Vision including Flexible Spending Accounts and HSA)

  • Subsidized Public Transportation Program

  • Onsite Fitness & Wellness Center

  • And more (https://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/benefits_health.html)

The New York Fed expects its employees to perform their duties with honesty, integrity, and impartiality, and without improper preferential treatment of any person. Learn more about our code of conduct and conflicts of interest rules. (https://www.newyorkfed.org/aboutthefed/ethics-conflicts-of-interest)

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is committed to a diverse workforce and to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or military service.

We value accessibility for all candidates and are happy to provide an accommodation or assistance. Please email us at ny.leaves@ny.frb.org and we’ll be glad to help.

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, performance standards or requirements, efforts, skills or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change.

Full Time / Part Time

Full time

Regular / Temporary


Job Exempt (Yes / No)


Job Category

Law Enforcement/Protection/Security

Work Shift

First (United States of America)

The Federal Reserve Banks believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in compliance with applicable law and to an environment where employees are valued for their differences.

Privacy Notice (https://www.kansascityfed.org/documents/7797/Workday_Privacy_Notice.pdf)

OUR BANK has one of the most recognizable brands around the world. The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States—one of the world's most influential, trusted and prestigious financial organizations. The Federal Reserve is charged with the important mission of promoting a strong economy and a stable financial system and fulfills this responsibility by formulating national monetary policy, supervising and regulating banks and bank holding companies, and providing financial services for banks and the U.S. government.

OUR PEOPLE are diverse in background and ideas, which allows for ongoing creativity and innovation. Ultimately, they are the ones who push our high-performance, exchange-driven culture forward.

Why Our People Choose Us:

Our reputation precedes us

There will always be room for personal growth

Our people are first

You’ll find the right balance

Your responsibilities will be meaningful

We hope that you will be our future colleague.