The fundamental purpose of the National Park Service 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 is an entity of the National Park Service (NPS), with the responsibility to provide law enforcement services to designated areas within the National Park Service, and other areas as requested. United States Park Police prevent and detect criminal activity as well as to conduct investigations and apprehend those individuals suspected of committing offenses against Federal, State, and local laws. The United States Park Police is comprised of three contingents--the Services Division, the Homeland Security Division, and the Field Operations Division.
Last updated: June 28, 2020