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police badgeCounts of federal law enforcement agencies with national jurisdiction can go as high as 60, but most agree there are The Big Eight with the CIA, FBI and DEA (drug enforcement) among them.

Lesser known agencies also fall into this category, including military police operations and Indian Nation law enforcement agencies.

Below, find the top U.S. agencies at the federal level including useful facts, information, historical background, current activities & jurisdictions ...

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - Internationally recognized independent agency charged with gathering intelligence to assist national security.

United States Department of Homeland Security - The main site for the department created to unify the vast network involved with efforts in securing the U.S. against terrorist attack and infiltration.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - The website for the agency which assumed responsibilities for protecting our borders within the Department of Homeland Security's Directorate of Border and Transportation Security.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - Another agency under the Directorate of Border and Transportation of the Department of Homeland Security conducting enforcement activity of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Bureau of Industry and Security - Export Enforcement Program - The United States Department of Commerce's bureau charged with enforcing the regulations of exports.

Transportation and Security Administration (TSA) - This administration protects the nation's transportation systems and oversees such security as air cargo and passenger safety, and is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

United States Coast Guard (USCG) - An independent military service, established iun 1790, which reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security to safeguard U.S. coastal waters.

United States Secret Service (USSS) - The site for the agency whose primary mission is the protection of the President of the United States but is also responsible for protecting United States currency and preventing major credit card fraud. This agency has been absorbed by The Department of Homeland Security.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service - Office of Law Enforcement - The homepage for the Department of Interior's law enforcement office in charge of protecting and preserving wildlife including travelers tips, public bulletins and regional office contact information.

United States Department of Justice (USDOJ) - The top U.S. law enforcement department under which falls the FBI, Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

FBI's Most Wanted


Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - The century-old bureau established under President Theodore Roosevelt that is now responsible "to protect and defend the United States against terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal laws of the United States." The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the investigative arm of the US Department of Justice. Also check out the FBI's Most Wanted List.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) - The main page for the law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice dedicated to enforcement of federal laws and regulations governing all sales of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and explosives.

United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) - The website for the agency created within the United States Department of Justice responsible for enforcing U.S. controlled substances laws and regulations.

United States Marshals Service - With a 200-year-old history, it's the oldest federal law enforcement agency the U.S. and mainly responsible for prison transfers, protecting federal courts and judges.

Internal Revenue Criminal Enforcement Division - The enforcement division within the Internal Revenue Service of the Department of Treasury with facts & figures, tax fraud alerts, job openings and press releases.,

Department of Veterans Affairs Security and Law Enforcement - Homepage for the VA police, the enforcement agency responsible for security on Veteran's Administration property.

United States Postal Inspectors - The primary law enforcement arm of the United States Postal Service responsible for fighting mail fraud, identity theft and other criminal activity.

United States Intelligence Community - Top level government directory and a good resource for locating many other federal government agencies, services, bureaus, or organizations who play a role in national intelligence and security.


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