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U.S. Park Police – About the United States Park Police

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The U.S. Park Police is a unit of the Department of the Interior that provides law enforcement services in National Park Service areas, primarily located in the urban areas of Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York City. Created in 1791 by George Washington, the United States Park Police predates the existence of the National Park Service and has served the nation’s capital for more than 200 years. U.S. Park police officers prevent and detect criminal activity, conduct investigations, and apprehend individuals suspected of committing offenses against Federal, State and local laws. In Washington DC, U.S. Park Police patrol the streets and parks near the White House and assist the Secret Service in providing protection to the President and visiting dignitaries.

U.S. Park Police Districts in Washington DC

  • District 1: Central District – includes the National Mall, the Memorials, the Ellipse, Lafayette Park, Dupont Circle, Franklin Park, Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Park, Ford’s Theater, and the Peterson and Mary McLeod Bethune Houses. The District reaches east to include Stanton and Lincoln Parks and the marinas on the western shore of the Anacostia River.

  • District 2: The George Washington Parkway Station - provides coverage primarily of Fort Hunt, Mt. Vernon and the George Washington Memorial.

  • District 3: Rock Creek Park Station - covers Georgetown, Rock Creek Park, the Fort Circle Park, and other park areas of NW and NE Washington DC.

  • District 4: Baltimore-Washington Parkway Station patrols the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, Greenbelt Park and federal jurisdictions in in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

  • District 5: Anacostia Station provides coverage to Anacostia Park, Fort Dupont, the Frederick Douglas Home and other park areas of SW and SE Washington DC.
Contact Info:
U.S. Park Police 24 hour Emergency Number: (202) 610-7500
Website: www.nps.gov/uspp

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