VA Police Officers are appointed by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security and Law Enforcement to provide law enforcement services on Veterans Affairs owned or controlled property. VA Police are empowered under Title 38 of the United States Code (Section 901-902) and have the same enforcement powers and authority as State and Municipal Police Officers. VA police are responsible for the enforcement of federal, state and local laws as well as VA rules and regulations.
VA Health Care Upstate New York facilities are under the "exclusive" jurisdiction of the United States Government. Local police do not exercise any law enforcement authority while on federal grounds. However, VA cooperates with local law enforcement agencies when necessary to apprehend criminal suspects or serve criminal and civil process.
VA Police enforce posted rules and regulations to include speed limits and parking regulations. Enforcement action is through usage of Courtesy Violation Notice, U.S. District Court Violation Notice or physical arrest as appropriate.