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Citizen’s Association Calls For Special White House Police Force

The Secret Service was a part the Treasury Department that initially charged with investigating counterfeiting. The United States Marshals Service did not have the manpower to investigate all crime under federal jurisdiction so the Secret Service began to investigate everything various crimes. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901 Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide presidential protection. In 1902 the Secret Service assumed full-time responsibility for presidential protection. Policing the White House however fell under the responsibility of the Washington DC Police Department. Some citizens of the city of Washington DC feel this should be a federal responsibility.

On June 7, 1912 the Park View Citizens’ Association adopted a resolution that the 30 policemen engaged at the White House should be returned to regular duty about the city and that a special bodyguard should be formed for the President. The White House was the only government building in the city without a special police force.

White House Police – 1902

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