Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952415 | Print ISBN: 9780761926498 | Online ISBN: 9781412952415| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Law Enforcement Rangers, National Park Service
Katherine B. Killoran
The U.S. Organic Act (1916) established as the mission of the National Park Service (NPS) the preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior (DOI), in 2004 consisted of 387 individual parks, monuments, historical sites, battlefields, recreation areas, and so forth on more than 84 million acres. The size of the national park system has doubled since 1970. The NPS has more than 20,000 employees and provides service to approximately 280 million visitors each year. The mission of the law enforcement personnel in the service is to protect park resources—natural and cultural; to protect visitors, employees, and personal and government property; and to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy national parklands. Law enforcement in the parks is largely handled by park ...