Law Enforcement & Public Safety

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"Caring for the Land and Serving People"

Law enforcement is an integral part of the overall management of the National Forest System. Law enforcement personnel, line officers, and appropriate staff ensure that prevention, investigation, enforcement, and program management requirements are fully integrated into all National Forest System resource management programs. Law enforcement personnel operate as full partners within the Forest Service organization in carrying out the agency's mission, especially in upholding federal laws and regulations that protect natural resources, agency employees, and the public. Accomplishment of the Forest Service law enforcement mission is a product of trust, cooperation, and collaboration between law enforcement personnel and other agency employees.

Our Vision

The Law Enforcement and Investigations organization is an integral part of the Forest Service, recognized as leaders in public and employee safety, natural resource protection, and as a professional cooperator with other law enforcement agencies. The law enforcement organization is a diverse workforce committed to integrity, responsibility, and accountability.

Our Mission

To serve people, protect natural resources and property within the authority and jurisdiction of the Forest Service.

Our Objectives

  1. Protect the public, employees, natural resources, and other property under the jurisdiction of the Forest Service,
  2. Investigate and enforce applicable laws and regulations which effect the National Forest System, and
  3. Prevent criminal violations through informing and educating visitors and users of applicable laws and regulations.

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U.S. Forest Service
Law Enforcement & Investigations
Washington D.C.

Key Contacts


For emergencies or to report a crime, dial 911, contact local law enforcement, or a local Forest Service office.

If you have questions regarding our program activities, please contact our Law Enforcement and Investigations National Headquarters Office at:

Mailing Address: USDA Forest Service, LEI 1621 N. Kent Street Suite 1015 RPE Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: (703) 605-4690!ut/p/z0/04_Sj9CPykssy0xPLMnMz0vMAfIjo8zijQwgwNHCwN_DI8zPwBcqYKBfkO2oCADIwpjI/?position=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&pname=Forest%20Service%20-%20Law%20Enforcement%20&navtype=BROWSEBYSUBJECT&ss=11&pnavid=null&navid=760000000000000&ttype=main&cid=null