Office of the Chief

The fundamental purpose of the National Park Service (NPS) is "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

The United States Park Police (USPP) is an entity of the NPS with the responsibility to provide law enforcement services to designated areas within the NPS, and other areas as requested. USPP prevent and detect criminal activity as well as conduct investigations and apprehend those individuals suspected of committing offenses against Federal, State, and local laws. The USPP is comprised of the Services Division, Homeland Security Division, and Field Operations Division.

Chief Smith
Chief Pamela Smith
Pamela A. Smith, a 23-year veteran of the United States Park Police (USPP), is the first African American woman (and only the second woman ever) to lead the 230-year-old agency.

During her decorated law enforcement career, Smith has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, canine handler, Academy Instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Executive Lieutenant to the Chief of Police, Assistant Commander of the San Francisco Field Office, Commander of the New York Field Office, Acting Commander of the Homeland Security Division, and Commander of the Field Operations Division. She was also the first woman to lead the New York Field Office as its Commander.

Smith has received many awards and honors, including: the Women in Federal Law Enforcement Public Service Award; the United States Marshal Service Distinguished Law Enforcement Career Award; and the National Park Service Equal Employment Opportunity Program Recognition of Outstanding Excellence. In many of her leadership roles, on and off the Force, Smith serves as a mentor and an advocate for personal and professional development. She is an active member of her church, has volunteered as a youth mentor, and has coached youth sports.

Smith was graduated from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education. She is also a graduate of Session 265 of the Federal Bureau of Law Enforcement National Academy (FBINA). She holds professional memberships in the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Smith is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.

The United States Park Police (USPP) (the Force) has been on duty protecting Federal Parks for more than 200 years since it was created in 1791 by the first president, George Washington.

The oldest federal uniformed police force, the USPP is a unit of the Department of the Interior(DOI)/National Park Service (NPS) with jurisdiction in all NPS areas and certain other Federal and State lands and serves as the National Park Service urban park interface between society and our nation’s most cherished symbols of democracy.

The Force provides law enforcement services to designated areas within the NPS (primarily the Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco, California metropolitan areas) and through the efforts of highly trained and professional police officers who selflessly work to prevent and detect criminal activity; conduct investigations; apprehend individuals suspected of committing offenses against Federal, State and local laws; provide protection to the President of the United States and visiting dignitaries; provide protective services to some of the most recognizable monuments, memorials, and special events in the world; and ensure visitors to these areas are guaranteed their Constitutional rights to free speech and lawful assembly.

The officers of the United States Park Police work selflessly to protect and defend these symbols of democracy, what they represent, and those who visit them by embracing our duty and responsibility to those we serve and the protection of the civil liberties that make us all free. We are proud of our heritage, our history, and our mission.

NPS Organizational Chart
NPS Organizational Chart
USPP Org Chart
USPP Organization Chart


Strategic Plan
2017 - 2021 Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Committee

Last updated: March 16, 2021