Welcome to the Internet home of the Office of Protection Services (OPS). We are the largest unit at the Smithsonian with over 850 employees. Our staff is dedicated to the mission of ensuring that visitors, staff and collections are safe and secure and our goal is to provide the appropriate security posture that will ensure that the Smithsonian collections are protected for future generations to enjoy. OPS Law Enforcement and Security Personnel work carefully on a daily basis to balance the safety and security of our visitors and employees with ease of access to the Smithsonian.
Whether it’s asking a question, reporting a crime, or seeking information on a lost and found item this Web site will assist you. Thank you for your interest in OPS and the safety and security of the SI and we welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to better serve you..
Director, Office of Protection Services
The Smithsonian Office of Protection Services provides a safe and secure environment for visitors, staff, and collections.
The Smithsonian Office of Protection Services is recognized in the cultural and natural heritage protection field as a leader in risk management.
The Office of Protection Services (OPS)
The Office of Protection Services (OPS) ensures the safety and security of the staff, visitors, and National Collections of the Smithsonian Institution, while permitting an appropriate level of public access to collections and properties.
OPS FACT SHEET
Fore detailed information about OPS click here: OPS Fact Sheet
Learn from the largest unit at the Smithsonian, the Office of Protection Services, where our team provides protection and security services, security management and criminal investigations for 19 museums, the National Zoo and nine research facilities. The OPS internship program focuses on practical, hands-on learning. Join our team and apply here today: https://www.smithsonianofi.com/office-of-protection-services-internship/
VISIT THE SMITHSONIAN
More information here: http://www.si.edu/visit/security
QUESTIONS? FEEDBACK? COMMENTS? IDEAS?
CONTACT OPS AT:
Tel. (202) 633-5650
Personnel Security and ID Office (PSIO) Questions
Tel. (202) 633-1598
FOR EMERGENCIES CALL:
OPSO Watch Commanders
24 Hour Tel. (202) 633-1560