U.S. Park Police

The Park Police predate the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Created in 1791 by our first president, George Washington, the U.S. Park Police have been on duty in our Federal parks for more than 200 years. The United States Park Police is a unit of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, with jurisdiction in all National Park Service areas and certain other Federal and State lands.

Park Police Providing Presidential Security

Park Police Aviation Services

The United States Park Police provide law enforcement services to designated areas within the National Park Service (primarily the Washington, D.C., New York City and San Francisco, California metropolitan areas).

The missions of the United States Park Police Aviation Unit (USPP) include aviation support for law enforcement, medevac, search and rescue, high-risk prisoner transport and Presidential and dignitary security. The Aviation Unit has provided accident-free, professional aviation services for over 28 years. This is due to the dedication of the flight crews, the support from within and outside the Force, and the state-of-art equipment used in the performance of its missions.

USPP Aviation Unit: The Aviation Unit of the United States Park Police began in April 1973 and started with 1 Bell 206B Jet Ranger and a staff of 3 Pilots and 3 Rescue Technicians based at the Anacostia Naval Air Station. The Aviation Unit moved to its present facility in Anacostia Park, the “Eagle’s Nest,” in 1976. The unit currently has 2 Bell 412s and 1 Bell Long Ranger in its fleet.

Watch the U.S. Park Police in action hoisting an injured hiker off Old Rag Mountain at Shenandoah National Park.