Smithsonian Police Law and Legal Definition

Smithsonian police refers to the Smithsonian Institution Office of Protection Services which is the guard force of the institution. It is a federal guard force with limited special police authority tasked with protecting visitors, staff, property, and grounds of the federally-owned and managed Smithsonian Institution museums and research centers in Washington, D.C., New York City and Virginia.

Smithsonian police force undergoes forty hours of training in firearm use, arrest, handcuff procedures, and pepper spray use. They are employees as special police with all police powers. [40 USCS § 6306].