U.S. Park Police

About this Agency

The U.S. Park Police is a full service agency with jurisdiction in all of the National Park service areas with the majority of their responsibilities lying in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York City.

The U.S. Park Police is responsible for many of the same duties as urban officers including crime prevention, investigations, and apprehension of suspects and violators. Along with this, they are also responsible for the policing of many monuments in the United States. Although the U.S. Park Police employs many officers, they share duties with National Park Rangers.

The U.S. Park Police is part of the National Park Service, with both falling underneath the Department of the Interior.

The mission of the U.S. Park Police is as follows: "We, the United States Park Police, support and further the mission and goals of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service by providing quality law enforcement to safeguard lives, protect our national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserve the natural and cultural resources entrusted to us."

The U.S. Park Police dates back to 1791 when they were known as the Park Watchmen. The agency was independent of the government until 1849 when it became part of the Department of the Interior.

Hiring Process and Eligibility

To become a U.S. Park Police officer you must be a United States citizen over the age of 21. At the time of appointment at least 60 college credits or two years of military service are required. If you meet the requirements you are then able to apply for a job and work your way through the hiring process.

The hiring process for U.S. Park Police officers consists of several steps. They include: written examination with a passing score of 70 percent or higher; physical examination; medical examination; background examination; completion of an oral interview; completion of the prescribed training; and completion of a one year probationary period.

Contact Information

U.S. Park Police
740 Jackson Place Northwest
Washington, DC 20506-0300