The investigative arm of the National Park Service

The Special Agents of the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB) are geographically distributed across the National Park System. We are available year-round and around the clock.

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Our core mission is the immediate and long-term protection of park resources, visitors, assets, employees and residents. We accomplish this through detection, investigation, apprehension, and successful prosecution of persons who violate laws of the United States of America while within, or while affecting, the National Park System.

We are part of the Associate Director's office for Visitor and Resource Protection. Our home is in the Washington Support Office (WASO) Division of Law Enforcement, Security, and Emergency Services.

Our enabling legislation (commonly known as the Organic Act) primarily resides in a set of laws in the US Code specific to the National Park Service (NPS).

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ISB Special Agents respond across the National Park System. NPS photo by ISB.

News from ISB

Get the latest news from the NPS Investigative Services Branch

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Report crimes in national parks

Call our Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or use the online Tip form to report suspicious or criminal activity in a national park site.

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Cold Cases

Cold cases include missing persons and unsolved incidents - do you have information that could help investigators?

Find out more about us in our recap of significant cases and operations.

2016 Highlights of ISB

Find out more about us in our annual reports, recapping significant cases and operations!

A job with the NPS Investigative Services Branch may be a good match for you.

Interested in becoming a Special Agent?

If you're considering a career as a Special Agent/Criminal Investigator, find out more here.

Emergency responders face increased risk of experiencing traumatic events.

Support for those who help others

NPS law enforcement and emergency services personnel may experience traumatic incidents as they answer the call for help.

Last updated: September 15, 2017