Mr. Parks is the Regional Attaché for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative arm of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), based at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. As such, Mr. Parks oversees U.S.-nexus transnational crime investigations throughout Oceania.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Parks has served in a variety of law enforcement roles, including: Acting Principal Director of the DHS Office of Policy; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore, Maryland; Group Supervisor, Charleston, South Carolina; and National Program Manager for the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Mr. Parks has received a number of prestigious awards during his public service, including the HSI Executive Associate Director’s Award for Cyber Crime (2018), the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Award for Narcotics Interdiction (2017), the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Child Exploitation Investigation Award (2015), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s Industry Security Award (2014), and Supervisor-of-the-Year Award for HSI Atlanta (2012). In 2009, while assigned to the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Mr. Parks spearheaded a congressional investigation that led to a $70.8 million dollar forfeiture order against a high-profile foreign government official for money laundering, which further resulted in U.S. legislation to address the abuse of shell companies in international money laundering.
Mr. Parks began his law enforcement career with the State Attorney’s Office for the State of Florida in Jacksonville. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Citadel and has completed executive education at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Parks is an adjunct professor of Homeland Security and Leadership with the University of Maryland system.