Meet the Mint – Five Questions with Officer Eastman

By Kim Jenkins
July 12, 2017

United States Mint Police Officer Skip Eastman
United States Mint Police Officer Skip Eastman

Established in 1792, the United States Mint Police is one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies in the nation. Responsible for establishing the standard “As secure as Fort Knox,” our officers continue to meet that standard every day. The U.S. Mint Police are responsible for protecting over $100 billion in Treasury and other Government assets stored in facilities located at Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; West Point, NY; Denver, CO; Fort Knox, KY; and our headquarters in Washington, DC.

Today, U.S. Mint Police Officers have the primary responsibility for protecting life and property, preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal acts, collecting and preserving evidence, making arrests, and enforcing Federal and local laws.

Employee – Skip Eastman
Position – Federal Police Officer
Division – Protection

With a background as an Emergency Medical Technician, Officer Skip Eastman is no stranger to creating safe situations. We sat down with the brightest smile in the HQ building to learn more about the Mint mission through the lens of a Federal Police Officer.

How does your job support the Mint mission?

In addition to protecting assets entrusted to us, we ensure the protection of human capital. Whether maintaining security of physical spaces or simply providing an assuring presence, people can feel confident that they are working in a secure, protected space. We also answer questions and sometimes just provide a friendly entrance to work. We are here when people need us.

What do you enjoy most about working for the Mint?

We get to be part of a creative and technical process that results in artistic expression that finds its way into the public’s pockets. There are so many stories and history in each coin. Additionally, these coins travel all over the place. It’s pretty cool.

What other departments do you work with?

Our work interacts with virtually all other departments. At a minimum, each day we are greeting each employee from every department, SES and GS alike.

What’s your favorite coin program?

I was able to support the entire 50 State Quarter program and it’s easily my favorite.

What are your interests outside of the Mint?

I love the theater and attending culinary festivals and Sci-Fi conventions. I even met William Shatner once!

Officer Eastman shows off his Green Lantern Indigo Power Ring.
Officer Eastman shows off his Green Lantern Indigo Power Ring, evidence of his penchant for science fiction and superheroes.

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