Law Enforcement

A pilot in a helicopter looks down towards a snow covered terrain
A NPS pilot flies his helicopter over Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve.

NPS Photo / Martin Parker

About one-fourth of the NPS Aviation mission is dedicated to law enforcement. From patrolling large areas of park lands via the sky to searching for criminals in remote areas, aviation helps law enforcement fulfill its obligation to the public. Here, you will find some of the interesting stories of aviation and law enforcement.
A helicopter hovers while an orange basket is pulled into the helicopter
A USPP helicopter conducts a rescue operations at the Old Rag Mountain in Shenandoah National Park.

NPS Photo / C. Aldrich

U.S. Park Police Aviation

Although NPS Aviation supports law enforcement operations in a variety of ways, the U.S. Park Police operates its own division of aviation, dedicated to law enforcement-related missions. Visit the U.S. Park Police subject site to learn more about the aviation unit of the U.S. Park Police.

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