Federal agencies often work with each other and with local law enforcement during official events, such as presidential visits to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Pictured are members of the US Secret Service, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director from 1924 to 1972
The "suicide letter", mailed anonymously to King by the FBI
An FBI surveillance photograph of Joseph D. Pistone (aka Donnie Brasco), Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero and Edgar Robb (aka Tony Rossi), 1980s
FBI SWAT agents in a training exercise
An FBI agent tags the cockpit voice recorder from EgyptAir Flight 990 on the deck of the USS Grapple (ARS 53) at the crash site on November 13, 1999.
September 11 attacks at the Pentagon
FBI field divisions map
Organization chart for the FBI as of July 15, 2014
CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents at a ceremony in 2007
An FBI agent at a crime scene
FBI badge and service pistol, a Glock Model 22, .40 S&W caliber
FBI Director James Comey visiting the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota in June 2016.
The J. Edgar Hoover Building, FBI Headquarters
An FBI agent at a crime scene
FBI Mobile Command Center, Washington Field Office
The FBI Academy, located in Quantico, Virginia
The FBI Field Office in Chelsea, Massachusetts
An FBI Evidence Response Team
Agents in training on the FBI Academy firing range
A Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police (BEP) patrol car.
A Glock 22 pistol in .40 S&W caliber
Two IRS-CI Special Agents conducting a search
Publication following the 2021 United States Capitol attack
The popular TV series The X-Files depicts the fictional FBI Special Agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) who investigate paranormal phenomena.
2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility belonging to the US Postal Police, NYC

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States and its principal federal law enforcement agency.

- Federal Bureau of Investigation

It has handled most law enforcement duties at the federal level and includes the United States Marshals Service (USMS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), and others.

- Federal law enforcement in the United States

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Drug Enforcement Administration

Drug Enforcement Administration 25th Anniversary badge
Map of the 21 DEA domestic field divisions: 1. Chicago, 2. Detroit, 3. Atlanta, 4. Dallas, 5. Denver, 6. Boston, 7. El Paso, 8. Houston, 9. Los Angeles, 10. Miami, 11. Newark, 12. New Orleans, 13. New York, 14. Philadelphia, 15. Phoenix, 16. San Diego, 17. San Francisco, 18. Seattle, 19. St. Louis, 20. Caribbean (San Juan, Puerto Rico), 21. Washington, D.C.
DEA agents escort Colombian drug lord Miguel Rodríguez Orejuela after his extradition to the United States in 2005.
DEA Aviation Division logo
DEA agents in MultiCam uniform burning hashish seized in Operation Albatross in Afghanistan, 2007
Two DEA agents in a shoot house exercise
"Operation Somalia Express" was an 18-month investigation that included the coordinated takedown of a 44-member international narcotics-trafficking organization responsible for smuggling more than 25 tons of khat from the Horn of Africa to the United States.
People protesting medical marijuana raids

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA; ) is a United States federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Justice tasked with combating drug trafficking and distribution within the U.S. It is the lead agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, sharing concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Scanning a delegate bus entering the 2016 Democratic National Convention
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBPO) armed with UMPs
CBP – Office of Field Operations Shoulder Patch
CBPO's boarding a ship.
U.S. CBP Office of Field Operations agent checking the authenticity of a travel document at an international airport using a stereo microscope
US and Canadian customs agents
Agriculture Specialists inspecting flower imports
Tape used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reseal packages that they have searched, and to indicate that they have done so
Border Patrol Agent reading the Miranda Rights to a suspect.
Border Patrol Agent badge
Agriculture Specialist badge
A color guard composed of CBP officers and USBP agents at a Washington, D.C. ceremony in May, 2007.
A US Customs P-3 AEW on an anti-narcotic mission
A CBP UH-60 Blackhawk in flight
MQ-9 Guardian performs damage assessment left in the wake of Hurricane Ike

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the largest federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and is the country's primary border control organization.

It is the largest federal law enforcement agency and works closely with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

United States Department of Justice

Federal executive department of the United States government tasked with the enforcement of federal law and administration of justice in the United States.

Federal executive department of the United States government tasked with the enforcement of federal law and administration of justice in the United States.

Organizational chart for the Dept. of Justice. (Click to enlarge)

The department is composed of federal law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

United States Secret Service

Secret Service agents conducting electronic investigations
Sign at the Obama family home in 2021 stating the area is protected by the Secret Service
Secret Service analyst examining counterfeit documents
Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF)
Secret Service Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Task Force (AFMLTF)
Secret Service Cyber Intelligence Center (CIS)
Secret Service agents responding to the assassination attempt of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr. on March 30, 1981
Secret Service agents to guard President George W. Bush in 2008.
Secret Service agents protecting President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Secret Service agents executing a protective operation
Secret Service agent trainees at the James J. Rowley Training Center (RTC)
Secret Service agent trainees practice executing a search warrant.
Secret Service officer and his police dog as part of the Emergency Response Team (ERT)
Secret Service snipers protect Vice President Mike Pence in Indianapolis in 2017.
Secret Service counter-sniper marksman on top of the White House's roof, armed with a sniper rifle
Secret Service agent in business suit working President Obama's protection detail
Ford Taurus of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service.
An Allegheny County Police officer and his working dog screening a US Secret Service vehicle for explosives.
Secret Service Field Offices
Secret Service badge (1875–1890)
Secret Service badge (1890–1971)
Secret Service badge (1971–2003)
Secret Service badge (2003–present)

The United States Secret Service (USSS or Secret Service) is a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security charged with conducting criminal investigations and protecting U.S. political leaders, their families, and visiting heads of state or government.

The Secret Service is also a member of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) which investigates and combats terrorism on a national and international scale.

A police officer and a police vehicle are traditional identifiers of a locally based law enforcement agency.

Law enforcement agency

Any government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

Any government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

A police officer and a police vehicle are traditional identifiers of a locally based law enforcement agency.
Non executive powers jurisdictional coverage of Europol
List of law enfPolice agency division within England
Two military police officers and a four-wheel drive police car from the Żandarmeria Wojskowa (Poland)
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) headquarters building in Tikkurila, Vantaa, Finland

Some countries determine the jurisdiction in these circumstances by means of policy and resource allocation between agencies, for example in Australia, the Australian Federal Police take on complex serious matters referred to it by an agency and the agency will undertake its own investigations of less serious or complex matters by consensus, while other countries have laws which decide the jurisdiction, for example in the United States of America some matters are required by law to be referred to other agencies if they are of a certain level of seriousness or complexity, for example cross state boundary kidnapping in the United States is escalated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The United States has a highly fractured approach to law enforcement agencies generally, and this is reflected in American federal law enforcement agencies.