Careers In Law Enforcement: The United States Mint Police

Under the leadership of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, the newly formed Congress of the United States passed the “Coinage Act” on April 2, 1792. The Coinage Act created the United States Mint. The newly established US Mint constructed buildings in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. The new US Mint structures were the first federal buildings established under the Unites States Constitution.

The United States Mint is under the United States Department of The Treasury.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is responsible to manufacture and distribute US currency paper money, and the US Mint is responsible to manufacture and distribute US coins.

The primary mission of US Mint is to maintain physical custody and protection of the Nation’s gold and silver assets and manufacturing and circulating US coins to the Federal Reserve Banks.


The United Stated Mint Police (USMP) was established in 1792 making in one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the US.

The United States Mint Police is part of the Protection Department of the Unites States Mint and is part of the United States Department of The Treasury. The primary responsibilities of the Protection Department includes protection of life and property on all US Mint property, and enforcing security protocols, federal and local laws in and around US Mint buildings and properties.

The United States Mint has facilities in Philadelphia, PA, San Francisco, CA, West Point, NY, Denver, CO, and the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, KY. The US Mint Police headquarters is in our nation’s capital in Washington, DC.

The United States Mint Police uniformed division are sworn federal law enforcement officers with power of arrest.

The USMP conduct basic police training that is 12-weeks in length (Police academy) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). After new officer graduate from FLETC they return to their assigned duty station in one of the six US Mint locations and start a 5-week field training program. Throughout the career of a US Mint Police officer, they will be offered advance training by FLETC and other federal, states, and local law enforcement agencies.

US Mint Police Officers are classified in the federal job series and grade of TR-0083-06/07 with a salary range of $53,227.00 to start and can progress to $78,080.00 per year.

Even though the US Mint Police are one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the United States, they are a very progressive police department that maintains high morale under excellent leadership.

About the Author

Mark Bond

Mark Bond has worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms instructor for more than 29 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in criminal justice, and M.Ed in educational leadership with Summa Cum Laude honors. As a lifelong learner, he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in education (EdD) with a concentration in college teaching and learning. Mark is currently an assistant professor of criminal justice at a university and adjunct professor of administration of justice studies at a community college.