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Message From The Chief
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department is one of the largest police departments in Northern Virginia, comprised of 223 sworn officers, 34 Traffic Control Officers, 51 Emergency Communications Technicians and 11 staff technicians at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Dulles International Airports, encompassing three separate county jurisdictions, enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Federal Regulations as they pertain to airport operations. Our officers are fully certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition to traditional law enforcement functions, investigations, traffic control, crime prevention, and police and fire communications, the department also has unique responsibilities such as drug trafficking interdiction, twelve (12) Explosive Detector Dog teams, airport theft deterrence, motorcycle operations, criminal intelligence, special response team (SWAT), and VIP dignitary escorts and protection.
Work at our airports brings our employees into contract with a multitude of people. They range from families going on vacation to visitors and government officials from the U.S. and other countries around the world. We work closely with our federal law enforcement partners and have representatives on several federal task forces.
In addition to policing in an airport environment, the department has primary jurisdiction on the Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Access Highway.
Our Public Safety Communications Center for both airports is located at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and is equipped with the latest technology. Emergency Communications Technicians receive emergency calls and dispatch police, fire, and emergency medical support whenever they are needed.
The men and women of the department are justly proud of their fine tradition of law enforcement professionalism and look forward to you joining our team.
If you are considering a career in law enforcement this website provides a substantial amount of information about our department. On our website is a link to a video that shows the Physical Ability Test (PAT) that all police applicants are required to pass. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.