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US Park Police Officer

Career Overview

The United States Park Police was founded in 1791 by President George Washington. The organization was originally a police organization for the District of Columbia. Today, the U.S. Park Police are part of the National Park Service and have full police jurisdiction in the federal parks of Washington DC, the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco.

The Washington DC area of jurisdiction includes Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Virginia, and Prince George's, Charles, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties in Maryland.

The U.S. Park Police also participate in crowd control for the many large public events that occur on the Washington Mall and other park facilities in the district. They interact with law enforcement agencies in all their regions of jurisdiction regarding criminal matters.


Applicants for a position with the U.S. Park Police should have a combination of academic and relevant work experience totaling two years. Thirty semester hours is equivalent to one year's experience. You must also be between the ages of 21 and 35 at the time of your appointment.

Current Employment

The Park Police organization is funded for 630 officers in 2009. There are additional administrative jobs in the Washington, DC headquarters.

Job Outlook

Vacancies have developed in the ranks over 2008, both at the senior management level and among the officers.

Salary Range

Entry Level  $48,470
After 1 Year   $51,388
After 2 Years  $54,417
After 3 Years  $56,913
After 5 Years  $60,916

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