A report on Federal law enforcement in the United States

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)
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CBP Officers and Border Patrol Agents at a ceremony in 2007
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An FBI agent at a crime scene
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A Bureau of Engraving and Printing Police (BEP) patrol car.
Two IRS-CI Special Agents conducting a search
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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility belonging to the US Postal Police, NYC

The federal government of the United States empowers a wide range of law enforcement agencies to maintain law and public order related to matters affecting the country as a whole.

- Federal law enforcement in the United States
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)

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Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers

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Coast Guard Investigative Service special agents conduct firearms training at Glynco
FLETC sign (2018)
Invitation for speech by President Bush

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) serves as an interagency law enforcement training body for 105 United States government federal law enforcement agencies.

United States Secret Service

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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.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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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
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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.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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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
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
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 Glock 22 pistol in .40 S&W caliber
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.

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

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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ICE headquarters building in Washington, D.C.
HSI Special Response Team (SRT) members training using armored vehicle at Fort Benning in Georgia.
HSI Rapid Response Team members provide medical care to a simulated casualty during the RRT Field Familiarization and Disaster Response Training exercise September 20, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, NV
ICE ERO officers deporting a man to Mexico
HSI Special Response Team (SRT) drug raid during Operation Pipeline in Arizona.
ICE officer detaining a suspect
A protest against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Philadelphia, June 2018

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Drug Enforcement Administration

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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.

United States Border Patrol

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During the 1940 Border Patrol expansion, four newly hired agents from the northeastern states drove this new pursuit vehicle from the Ford factory in Detroit to El Paso where they received training
A Border Patrol agent practice firing a Thompson submachine gun near El Paso in 1940
Border Patrol Agents with a Hummer and Astar patrol for illegal entry into the United States
Patrolling the beach in San Diego County, California
An agent armed with an M14 rifle tracking someone in harsh winter conditions on the northern border.
Border crossing to Canada at Beebe Plain, Vermont
Cameras add "Smart Border" surveillance.
MQ-9 Predator B UAS operated by United States Customs and Border Protection
Border Patrol all-terrain vehicles
U.S. Border Patrol Agents at the Greyhound bus station in Detroit, Michigan, in February 2011. Immigration checks on trains, buses, and highways within 100 miles of the northern border have become more common.
BORSTAR canine team conducting rappeling training
Sign for U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group on Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas
This rescue beacon states in English and Spanish: "Attention: You cannot walk to safety from this point! You are in danger of dying if you do not summon help! If you need help, push red button, U.S. Border Patrol will arrive in one hour, do not leave this location"
A map of Border Patrol sectors
Holding room at Fort Brown Station, Brownsville, Texas
Border Patrol in Montana
A color guard composed of CBP officers and USBP agents at a Washington, D.C. ceremony in May 2007
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A Border Patrol Honor Guard Agent carrying an M14 rifle.
Patrolling a tunnel in Nogales, Arizona
Former US President George W. Bush riding in a U.S. Border Patrol sand rail in Yuma, Arizona, in 2006.
Patrolling the Rio Grande in an airboat at Laredo, Texas, 2013
Helicopter and boats
A USBP horse patrol in southern Texas
Ron Vitiello, former Chief of U.S. Border Patrol

The United States Border Patrol (USBP) is a federal law enforcement agency under the United States' Customs and Border Protection and is responsible for securing the borders of the United States.

United States Marshals Service

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Morgan Earp in an 1881 photograph
U.S. marshals accompanying James Meredith to class
Marshals escort six year old Ruby Bridges from school.
Bat Masterson (standing second from right), Wyatt Earp (sitting second from left), and other deputy marshals during the Wild West era
Equipment used by the USMS
Marshals being briefed for Operation FALCON III, 2008
Deputy U.S. Marshals and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers during a "knock-and-announce" procedure
United States Marshals escorting a prisoner in court
Marshals arresting a suspect
Deputy United States Marshal guarding prisoners
A U.S. Marshal on a "Con Air" flight
Wild Bill Hickok
Bass Reeves
Wyatt Earp
Frank Eaton

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is a federal law enforcement agency in the United States.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

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Domestic law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice.

Domestic law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice.

The seal of the ATF when it was a part of the U.S. treasury department.
Initial flag of ATF as part of the U.S. Department of Justice; the Latin scroll was later replaced with one bearing the agency's name.
ATF investigators display weapons seized for violations of the Gun Control Act

McVeigh's criterion for attack sites was that the target should house at least two of three federal law enforcement agencies: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

United States Department of Justice

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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, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.