Library of Congress Police

Library of Congress Police Force
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United States Library of Congress Police patch
Common nameLC Police
Agency overview
DissolvedSeptember 30, 2009
Superseding agencyUnited States Capitol Police
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency
(Operations jurisdiction)
United States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
Legal jurisdictionLibrary of Congress
General nature

Library of Congress Police was a federal law enforcement agency of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. headed by the Office of the Librarian. The agency was formed in 1950.[1] In 2004 the Police employed 116 officers.[2]

Library of Congress Police officers provided facility security through uniformed patrols and video surveillance as well as law enforcement services through arrest authority granted by the United States Congress.

In 2003, the Library Of Congress police were merged into the U.S. Capitol Police. The U.S. Capitol Police now protect Library Of Congress buildings.


In 2003, Congress decided to begin to abolish the LOC Police force, transferring the officers and the agency's duties, responsibilities and functions into the United States Capitol Police. Pursuant to Public Law 108-7 Sec. 1015 (117 Stat. 363) put into effect by the U.S. Congress on February 20, 2003, the Library of Congress Police was transferred to the authority of the U.S. Capitol Police, and all sections under Title 2 (§ 167 and § 167h) of the U.S. Code that pertains to the Library of Congress Police was transferred to the U.S. Capitol Police. On September 30, 2009, the merger was completed and the Library of Congress Police have been merged into the U.S. Capitol Police to create one police force.[3] On October 1, 2009 the Library of Congress police ceased operations. The duties previously performed by them were assumed by the U.S. Capitol Police.

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  1. ^ 64 Stat. 411, as cited in The United States Government Manual, 2009-2010. Office of the Federal Registrar, National Records and Archives Administration. p. 614.
  2. ^ Brian A. Reaves (July 2006). "Federal Law Enforcement Officers, 2004" (PDF). Bureau of Justice Statistics. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
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