Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

The investigative arm of the Homeland Security Department is the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is one of the directorates of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Analysts, special agents, and auditors are among the critical member of the HSI workforce. Their employees are scattered across the United States and across the globe.

The department constitutes the largest investigative international presence among all the agencies under Homeland Security.
The HSI employs sophisticated technology with agents highly skilled in investigations to ensure the national security of the United States.
The department operates within the Human Rights Violators and War Crime Units under the National Security Investigations Division of the Department of Homeland Security.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Authority

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has broad authority in law enforcement.
They are authorized by law to use the equipment, such as a nationwide radio communication system.
Its special agents are armed with the SIG Sauer P229R pistol as their primary sidearm. The Remington Model 870 shotgun and Colt M4 carbine and submachine guns are their secondary weapons. 

Among its powers, duties and authorities include the following:

  • Enforcement of law against the commission of general federal crimes.
  • Enforcement of the US customs laws.
  • Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
  • Enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Conduct investigations related to national security threats.
  • Collect and analyze intelligence to be used by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Making an arrest and to serve warrants.

What Homeland Security Investigates

Homeland Security Investigations is engaged in the investigation of various crimes that include the following:

Threats to the national security
Threats to public safety
Human smuggling
Human trafficking
Drug smuggling
Money laundering
Other financial crimes
Counterproliferation investigations involving illegal commodities like firearms, nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction
Customs fraud
Trade fraud
Fraud on immigration concerns
Cybercrime investigations
Child exploitation
Organized crimes


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