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Naval Criminal Investigative Service

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The United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is the primary law enforcement agency of the U.S. Department of the Navy. Its primary function is to investigate criminal activities involving the Navy and Marine Corps, though its broad mandate includes national security, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyberwarfare, and the protection of U.S. naval assets worldwide. NCIS is the successor organization to the former Naval Investigative Service (NIS), which was established by the Office of Naval Intelligence after the Second World War.

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United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service
The NCIS logo
The NCIS logo
Seal of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Seal of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Badge of an NCIS Special Agent
Badge of an NCIS Special Agent
Agency overview
FormedDecember 14, 1993; 29 years ago (1993-12-14)
Preceding agencies
  • Naval Investigative Service (1966–1985)
  • Naval Security and Investigative Command (1985–1988)
  • Naval Investigative Service Command (1988–1993)
Annual budgetUS$460 million (2009) [1]
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agencyUnited States
Operations jurisdictionUnited States
General nature
Operational structure
HeadquartersRussell-Knox Building, MCB Quantico, Virginia, U.S.[2]
Special agents1,250
Agency executives
Parent agencyUnited States Department of the Navy
Field offices
  • Carolinas
  • Central
  • Contingency Response
  • Cyber Operations
  • Europe & Africa
  • Far East
  • Hawaii
  • Marine West
  • Middle East
  • Norfolk
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Protective Operations
  • Southeast
  • Southeast Asia
  • Southwest
  • Washington
CarsDodge Chargers, Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptors, Cadillacs (Protective Operations)

One half of NCIS personnel are civilian, with the other half being special agents. NCIS agents are armed federal law enforcement investigators, who frequently coordinate with other U.S. government agencies and have a presence in more than 41 countries and on U.S. Navy vessels. NCIS special agents are supported by analysts and other experts skilled in disciplines such as forensics, surveillance, surveillance countermeasures, computer investigations, physical security, and polygraph examinations.