United States Park Police Officers

Title

United States Park Police Officers

Description

As one of the oldest uniformed federal law enforcement agencies in the United States, the United States Park Police, originally named the Park Watchmen, were established in 1791 under George Washington. While they functioned similarly to local metropolitan police, they worked independently outside of the federal government until 1849 when they were redirected under the Department of the Interior. The role of directing the officers continued to shift, from the Office of Public Buildings and Grounds, to the specially made Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital, and then in 1933 they were lastly transferred to serve under National Park Service. Today they serve across the country, in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York and California. Along with regular law enforcement duties, they police several famous United States monuments as part of their job. Another one of their roles is to protect the President, and any visiting dignitaries thereof.

Creator

National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior

Date

Unknown

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/United_States_Park_Police_Officers-old.jpg

Relation

Rights

A black and white photograph of early United States Park Police officers standing in front of a building.

Source: United States Park Police. (2012, September 27). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:06, October 5, 2012, from http://bit.ly/WvuQhk

For Further Exploration Please Visit http://www.nps.gov/uspp/

Publisher

National Park Service

Contributor

National Park Service

Format

Medium: Photograph.

Language

English

Type

Public Safety

Identifier

Monuments, National Park Service, Park Watchmen, Police, US Park Police

Coverage

Historic

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/United_States_Park_Police_Officers-old.jpg

Reference

National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior, United States Park Police Officers, National Park Service, Unknown

Cite As

National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior, “United States Park Police Officers,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed October 7, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/187.