- Aviation to receive a ‘New’ Eagle
In approximately a month, the U. S. Park Police Aviation Unit will take possession of a newer Bell 412 helicopter that will replace the aging Eagle 2 helicopter. Eagle 2 has
over 9,800 flight hours, which is approximately 4,800 hours past DOI replacement regulations. The replacement Bell 412 helicopter has approximately 2500 flight hours. The replacement helicopter is currently on its way to Summit Aviation in Middletown, Delaware to be reconfigured for the U. S. Park Police mission. Additionally, we have received unconfirmed information that the National Park Service will be seeking appropriations in FY’ 2018 to purchase a new Bell 412 replacement aircraft for Eagle 1, that has over 7,000 flight hours. The acquisition of this newer aircraft is a giant step forward for safety, reliability and mission effectiveness.
The event that sparked National Park Service action on this long ignored problem was a visit by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) to the U. S. Park Police Aviation Unit on January 11, 2016. During the visit Congresswoman McCollum was briefed by the pilots on the needs of the unit. Rep. McCollum made the following statement concerning the newer aircraft’s arrival and expressing her strong support for U. S. Park Police officers:
“The U.S. Park Police’s Aviation Unit provides vital services for our nation’s capital region– criminal searches, medical evacuations, air support at public gatherings, escorts for the President, and anti-terrorism missions. I will continue to use my position as Ranking Member on the Interior-Environment Appropriations subcommittee to ensure the men and
women of the USPP have the equipment they need to do their jobs and keep our residents and visitors safe. To that end, I’m pleased that the National Park Service is pursuing the purchase of a newer helicopter.”
The USPP FOP is extremely grateful for the generous support of Congresswoman McCollum.
- Chairman’s Annual Message
Brothers and Sisters,
2015 was both an unusual year and a very average year for us. We had a budget increase but a paltry one.
We got to prepare to watch as the National Park Service squanders MILLIONS of dollars on a birthday party while we drive cars that should be condemned,
a radio system that belongs in a museum and a lack of man power on the street. We lost a few members to that seemingly unforeseeable thing
called “retirement” and we lost quite a few more to that thing called ‘better paying jobs in better funded agencies”. These are all both common and
unusual occurrences for the United States Park Police.
As 2016 is upon us, let us look forward to a year of ‘more of the same’.
The National Park Service will spend 140 million dollars to celebrate their birthday, meanwhile, we will drive over roads that are standard maintenance
Director Jarvis wrote a book, skirted the ethics office in doing so, told investigators “I think I knew going into this there was a certain amount of risk. I’ve never
been afraid of a risk. . . . I’ve gotten my ass in trouble many, many, many times in the Park Service…”.
He received a reprimand.
Yet, if any of us come to work late, fail to write a report on time or speak to an official in a harsh manner, we face suspension.
The Force will continue to work out of buildings that are too small, have frequent raw sewage backups, are cleaned in a manner consistent with a homeless
shelter, and have little to no tangible security measures to protect us from a lone gunman. Meanwhile, the NPS will ‘sell access’ to the Statue of
Liberty, Alcatraz and East Potomac Park, as well as the National Mall, to commercial interests that generate profit for large interests outside the NPS,
while the tax payer foots the bill.
While this is truly the greatest job in law enforcement, our caretakers at the NPS would rather you make no arrests, do nothing to truly protect the public
and smile all along while you wait out your time until retirement. Just don’t write a book about it until you retire or until the ethics office clears it.; you
might be suspended if you do. Unless you’re the National Park Service Director.
Ian Glick, Chairman
- EAGLE TIMES DISPATCH – 225th U. S. Park Police Anniversary Issue
- THEN- NBCWASHINGTON. COM “Concerns About Age, Flying Time of Park Police Helicopter” NOW- NPS Has Issue on IgnoreThe U.S. Park Police’s Eagle 2 helicopter — which polices the most secure airspace in the nation and helps lead presidential motorcades — should have been grounded two years ago, according to an internal study by the Park Police and the U.S. Department of Interior. (Published Tuesday, March 31, 2015)
The US Park Police helicopters are 9 months older and have even more flight hours. The National Park Service has continued to recklessly ignore this critical issue.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE NEGLECT OF U. S. PARK POLICE OPERATIONAL READINESS EQUALS:
US PARK POLICE NOT STAFFED OR EQUIPPED TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO CRITICAL INCIDENTS
US PARK POLICE NOT STAFFED OR EQUIPPED TO EFFECTIVELY PROTECT THE ICONS — (ICONS= LINCOLN MEMORIAL, JEFFERSON MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON MONUMENT, STATUE OF LIBERTY, ETC.)
In other news, the NPS vigorously seeks 100 million to celebrate their birthday (Centennial) in the 2016 budget. (See: http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/upload/FY-2016-Greenbook.pdf )
- We Remember Sgt. Boehm’s Sacrifice
We remember Sgt. Boehm’s sacrifice. Gone, but not forgotten. If you have a moment leave a message at: http://www.odmp.org/…/r…/21055-sergeant-michael-andrew-boehm
- USPPFOP DC HOLIDAY PARTY THIS SATURDAY
- Tribute to Officer Noah Leotta (Montgomery County Police Department, Maryland)
- USPPFOP ELECTION RESULTS
- 2015 Washington, DC USPPFOP Holiday Party
- USPPFOP Annual Holiday Breakfast- DC
- NPS Director Jarvis Needs To Meet With USPPFOP
National Park Service (NPS), Director Jon Jarvis has not responded to multiple requests from the United States Park Police Fraternal Order of Police (USPPFOP) to meet to discuss the unsafe operational readiness of the U. S. Park Police (USPP). Due to the reckless neglect of the NPS, the USPP doesn’t have the staffing and equipment needed to effectively protect the “treasured icons” or respond to critical incidents. Please, if you have a way, respectfully request Director Jarvis to meet with the USPPFOP to hear the concerns of USPP officers.
- USPP “INCREASING PATROLS” and ALWAYS HAS “ROBUST” PATROLS ????
United States Park Police managers, carrying out the wishes of their National Park Service bosses, have stated that they are increasing patrols around the “treasured icons” and that the U.S. Park Police “always maintains a robust patrol presence”. They have not increased the patrols around the “treasured icons” unless they have reduced patrols in other under-patrolled NPS areas because they are not paying for any increased patrols. The United States Park Police doesn’t have the staffing or equipment needed to effectively protect the “treasured icons” or respond to critical incidents because of the policies of the National Park Service.
Related News Stories:
- USPPFOP Members ☞ Don’t Forget to Vote
USPPFOP Members remember to vote in next weeks election and By-Laws Amendment Vote. Voting will be conducted at the worksites on Tuesday, November 17 – Thursday, November 19, 2015.
- “Daily Caller- DC MPD Understaffed” — This Makes USPP Understaffing Even More Dangerous
The Washington, DC Metropolitan Police DC MPD) is understaffed according to Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. This increases the concern over the unsafe operational readiness issues plaguing a dangerously understaffed U. S. Park Police (USPP). The USPP depends heavily on DC MPD during large events due to the dangerous understaffing of the USPP by the National Park Service. During a critical incident on the National Mall the full staffing of the DC MPD and the USPP will be a critical factor in the response. Lives depend on the ability of these agencies to swiftly and resolutely respond.
From Daily Caller: “At a D.C. Council hearing in 2011, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that if the city police roster ever fell below 3,800, “we’re going to have trouble.” Those words turned out to be prophetic, as the latest number of sworn officers at MPD shows just 3,797 on the force at a time when the city’s murder rate is more than 50 percent higher than it was one year ago.”
U. S. Park Police Understaffing is dangerous:
The Booz-Allen study determined that the USPP needed 820 Officers — 2 years before 9/11. The USPP is at least 230 officers short of safe staffing for a 1999 world. Currently, the USPP does not have the staffing and equipment needed to effectively respond to critical incidents or adequately patrol its jurisdiction.
- USPPFOP ELECTION MEMBERSHIP NOTICE– Election Nov. 17 -Nov. 19, 2015
- Download Map of National Park Service Washington, DC Parks
Downloadable 3MB PDF of National Park Service National Capital Region “A” Map. Map stays readable till very closely zoomed. Depicts Washington, DC National Park Service Areas in green.
- U. S. Park Police Dangerously Understaffed
- ATTENTION MEMBERS SPECIAL EDITION- Eagle Times Dispatch – October 16, 2015
- U. S. Park Police Need A Replacement Helicopter
The U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit is a critical part of the public safety system in the Washington D.C. Area. All three of the unit’s helicopters exceed the Department of the Interior regulation that mandates replacing emergency service helicopters after 5000 flight hours. Unless action is taken to quickly replace these aircraft, the vital services provided by this unit to the Nation’s Capital will be lost. This unit’s tradition of safety and service must be preserved.
- Executive Committee Election Rescheduled
- EAGLE TIMES DISPATCH
Executive Committee Elections Rescheduled
U. S. Park Police Dangerously Understaffed
U. S. Park Police Helicopters Thousands of Flight Hours Past Due for Replacement
USPPFOP Golf Tournament on October 27, 2015
- Update on Tuesday’s shot/s fired incident near WWII Memorial:
- Elections Notice and the Latest Eagle Times
- Congressmen Rally to USPP Eagles
- I-Team’s Report on the Aging Eagles
The News4 I-Team has found out what we’ve known all along. The USPP helicopters that all of metro DC depends on are aging and need replacing NOW! Due to the complicated air space over DC, the USPP Eagles are the best solution for medivacs and law enforcement.
The News4 I-Team found that a 2012 analysis recommended replacing Park Police aircraft after 5,000 hours of operation. But Eagle 2 has flown more than 9,300 hours and is about 26 years old.
- Bill Alton
A sad announcement today, retired Officer Bill Alton lost his fight with cancer. This past August, officers held a Charity Run to help his family in his time of need. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill’s family.
- Navy Yard – 1 Year Anniversary
It’s been one year since officers of the USPP responded to the active shooting at the Navy Yard. Officer Carl Hiott has been given permission to speak to the media regarding his involvement in the final gunfight. Several media outlets are covering the anniversary and more are recognizing the role USPP officers played in the response.
The Washington Post printed an article, “Officer who shot Navy Yard gunman says it ‘needed to be done’” on Sept 14th.
DC Fox 5
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- Eagle One Rescue
Wed 3:52 PM, Jul 23, 2014
SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, Va. (WHSV)– According to Karen Beck-Herzog with the National Park Service, the women were hiking on the Old Rag Mountain in an area known for being steep and rocky. They got lost and spent the night in the park.
This morning a team assembled to track them down. Eagle One, the U.S. park police helicopter was brought in to help. Eagle One did mange to find the women. A basket was lowered, and the women were brought up to safety.
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Another person who is grateful that the USPP still has the helicopters to save them. If NPS management had it’s way, the USPP wouldn’t have the resources to complete this mission.
Save the Eagles!
- Eagle Times – June 2014
From Chairman Ian Glick,
Brothers and sisters we’re in a bad place, right now. Our biggest problem is our parent agency, the NPS. They are unwilling to fund our agency at a life-sustaining level. Our leaders in the U. S Park Police (USPP) and the National Park Service (NPS) frequently implement policies without consulting the law or common sense. We have many unanswered questions about how and why things are being done. Many times, USPP and NPS management are unable to factually justify their decisions or their positions on policies. Evidence of this is documented, in many recent decisions that overturned USPP/NPS management decisions/policies effecting USPP officers. Last week, I was forced to file a ULP over another work hours issue because management isn’t following the law, again. Inadequate responses to questions are one thing. The sad fact is that in many instances the USPP and NPS response to questions or requests is NO response.
- FOP responds to max work hour limit
On or about June 20, 2014, the United States Park Police instituted an interim policy regarding “maximum hours of work” and describing requirements for specific hours of “rest”. This policy mandates that employees may not work more than 16 hours in a 24 hour period without a consecutive 4-hour rest period. This interim policy has been propounded purportedly for the safety of the officers, However, the restriction on hours is not applicable whenever the Acting Chief of Police decides to exempt work during specific events or during emergencies.
Members may read the full response in the forums.
- USPP Taking Applications!
USAJOBS is now taking applications for U.S. Park Police Officer! This occurs only once every few years.
Job Title:US Park Police Officer
Department:Department Of The Interior
Agency:National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:WO-PPSM-14-1146432
SALARY RANGE: $52,541.00 to $102,936.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 20, 2014 to Wednesday, July 09, 2014
SERIES & GRADE: SP-0083-01
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time – Permanent
DUTY LOCATIONS: Many vacancies in the following location(s):
San Francisco, CA View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map
New York, NY View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: US Citizens and Status Candidates
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Secret
United States Park Police Officers are employed by the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Officers provide law enforcement services, e.g., the prevention, detection and investigation of violations of criminal laws of the United States or of the state and local area in which the United States Park Police have jurisdiction. The United States Park Police is a full function law enforcement agency with patrol and other specialized units that include; horse mounted, motorcycle, aviation, marine, canine, SWAT, criminal investigations and narcotics and vice. All selected candidates will initially report to the Washington Metropolitan area. After appointment and orientation, all officers will report to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, GA for approximately 18 weeks of training. Initial appointments are made to the Washington Metropolitan area where the largest contingent of officers are located. Officers may be reassigned to the Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City or to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in the city of San Francisco, CA. All initial appointments will be made in Washington, D.C. unless otherwise specified. Officers may also be detailed to any area of the National Park Service.
- BILL’S RIDE – CHARITY POKER RUN
Retired police officer BILL ALTON fought for his country and fought against crime. Please help Bill fight against cancer.
♠AUGUST 9, 2014♦
$25.00 per person – EARLY REGISTRATION
$30.00 per person – DAY OF EVENT
(Autographed OFFICIAL NFL footballs and other great Items)
Refreshments Provided by FAMOUS DAVE’S (while they last)
United States Park Police FOP members helping members
REGISTRATION TIME: 9:00 AM
START TIME: 10:00 AM
LEAVING FROM: OLD GLORY HARLEY IN LAUREL, MD
ENDING TIME: 2:00 PM
ENDING LOCATION: ROMMEL HARLEY IN ANNAPOLIS, MD
Please contact Lando Norris at 301-537-0085 and/or Monique Pettett at 540-446-1645 for your registration, donations, please contact Monique Pettett for the PayPal Account information and any other questions.
- Letter to Membership from USPP FOP Chairman Ian Glick
The members of the U.S. Park Police FOP have prevailed, again, in our fight for fair and lawful pay. The Agency will have squandered over $100K fighting to deprive you of your right to overtime. The Federal Labor Relations Board affirmed and then reaffirmed the Arbitrator’s award to you regarding the Agency’s unlawful overtime policies. Afterwards, the Arbitrator granted you interest on the nearly 4 million dollars in back pay. The Agency engaged in “procedural machinations” designed to delay the payment of this “reasonable award” and this, too, was unsuccessful.
The most disheartening part of this whole debacle is that the Department of Interior has utterly wasted hundreds of thousands of tax payers’ dollars when they could have resolved this matter, easily, years ago, with hardly a dollar spent. Instead, they fought. And fought. And fought. Needlessly throwing dollar after wasted dollar down a hole in which there was no coming out of. The amount of money squandered could have been spent hiring officers, buying much needed equipment or acquiring advanced training. But this was not to be.
So, here we are, once again, with taxpayers and officers paying for the poor decisions of the people entrusted with spending the tax payers’ money, responsibly. At this time, there is no information regarding when payment can be expected.
Be safe, out there!
U.S. Park Police FOP
TAXPAYER MONEY WASTED BY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND U. S. PARK POLICE IN 8 YEAR EFFORT TO MAINTAIN UNLAWFUL OVERTIME POLICY ★★★ FEDERAL LABOR RELATIONS AUTHORITY UPHOLDS INTEREST PAYMENTS FOR OVERTIME UNLAWFULLY DENIED TO U. S. PARK POLICE OFFICERS ★★★ LEARN ABOUT 8 YEAR SAGA, READ BOARD’S DECISION ★★★
- USPPFOP before Congressional Committee
USPPFOP testified in front of the US House of Representatives regarding the aging equipment needed to fulfill our mission.
- Eagle Times March 2014
The Eagle Times is out! Read about the USPP officers involvement in the Navy Yard shooting and much more.
- Alexandria Officer Reunited with USPP Pilot
Last year Alexandria City Officer Laboy was shot in the head during a traffic stop. USPP Eagle 1 was in the air on a Presidential support mission when the call went out. Eagle 1 was instructed to stay on mission and not respond. Eagle 1 responded and transported the critically injured officer to Washington MedStar
- USPP Officers honored by MPD for response to Navy Yard
- Polar Bear Motorcycle Poker Run/Benefit Ride
Officers of the Park Police invite you to our:
Polar Bear Motorcycle Poker Run/Benefit Ride for Officer Brancato
When: Saturday, November 23, 2013
8:30 am Meet up and register
Where: US Park Police, District Two Parking Lot, Turkey Run Park, McLean, Va.
Enjoy a scenic, 120 mile ride along the Potomac River with five stops to draw your cards.
Ride ends at Growler’s Pub, in Olde Town Gaithersburg, Md at approximately 1PM.
This event is to raise money for Officer Billy Brancato and his family to help with some of the bills that they have accrued due to Billy’s in-the-line-of duty injury.
Officer Brancato was injured in January of 2012 while arresting a suspect who kicked Billy twice in the stomach resulting in permanent damage to Billy’s pancreas. Billy continues to undergo medical treatment and the end result is that his injury will complicate his life and health forever. Billy has been hospitalized numerous times since his injury and has had the usual difficulties with the Department of Labor in getting his medical bills paid. This year’s furloughs due to sequestration and during the government shutdown have not helped the Brancato’s financial situation. Billy’s wife, Megan (a public school teacher) and two children are struggling to keep up with their bills. Let’s get together for a day of fun riding and raise some money for a very worthy cause.
Cost: $50/Player (All proceeds going to The Brancato Family).
At each stop you have the option to return your card to the deck and draw a different card for only $5.
Prizes for the top hands at the ride’s conclusion.
50/50 lottery will also be held in conjunction with this event.
Don’t have a motorcycle or don’t like riding in cooler weather? We still need some volunteers to help out with logistics or if you just want to support the cause come out and join us in your car.
For additional information or to volunteer or just donate to the cause please contact:
US Park Police officers:
Ofc. Christina Evans (703) 627-2103
Ofc. Mike Brumbaugh (301) 529-3566
To donate via Paypal use Traveltheworld549@gmail.com.
- Eagle Times Oct 2013
Eagle Times October 2013 is now out.
- Help An Injured USPP Officer & His Family
Recently USPP Officer Brancato was featured on WTOP regarding his furlough during the government shutdown. Now many in the public believe that the Congress has passed a bill to pay all the furloughed employees, but that will not go into effect until after the government shutdown is reversed. Until then, furloughed employees go without pay, bills pile up, and benefits are not paid out. At more risk are injured officers. Injured in the line of duty, officers are many times cut adrift in the bureaucratic system of worker’s compensation. There are many accounts from officers about the government neglecting medical bills, resulting in debt collectors hounding the officers for bills that were never the officers’ responsibility. These officers are trying to heal from injuries sustained in the line of duty but are emotionally and financially injured again from apathy.
“My light duty status is more than understandable, I can’t risk the physical nature of being a police officer on the street right now, but I do serve a very important function for the Park Police as support with investigations and administrative things. I think that, had I been treated like the other officers and just left on the job, once I’d recovered out of the hospital I would have been able to go back to work and be a productive member of the force.”
Officer Brancato’s family and friends have set up a fundraiser site to not only help the family but families of fallen police officers.
A decorated U.S. Park Police Officer named William “Billy” Brancato was seriously and almost fatally injured in the line of duty in January 2012. While attempting to arrest a suspect, the suspect kicked him twice in the stomach and not only severely damaged his pancreas but also changed his life forever. Billy just finished his fourth hospitalization bringing the total time he has been in the hospital to just over 8 weeks in the past 20 months. He loves his job as a U.S. Park Police Officer and wants more than anything to be healthy in order to return to work.
During this last hospitalization his supervisors came to hospital. While Billy was in his hospital bed they served him furlough paperwork. He was heartbroken. He has given years of dedication to the U.S. Park Police and was severely and permanently injured protecting the public. He is not thanked but instead for this profound hardship is furloughed. He has endured a nasogastric feeding tube for months, surgery, long hospitalizations, unimaginable pain, and a life forever changed with a markedly shorter life expectancy.
His family has fallen on hard times. His wife Megan, his 4 year old son, and 1 year old daughter depend on him as the rock of their household and even though he is now home from the hospital he is unable to provide for his family.
Billy and his family need your help. Megan is a public school teacher whose salary will not cover the family bills, especially with the increasing number of medical bills for Billy. They are donating half of all the money raised to Concerns of Police Survivors: COPS, an organization dedicated to assisting the families of fallen police officers.
Please help the Brancato family as they attempt to get Billy healthy and survive this difficult time. The love and help family, friends, and coworkers have provided is wonderful. They need your help now, please. Any amount can help them and help COPS. They are doing this in the hopes that no other officer has to experience these hardships in the future. Thank you very much.
If you have the ability and the heart, please visit Officer Brancato’s site and think about donating to support this deserving officer and his young family.
- FOP Press Release on Navy Yard Shootings
******* Press Release ********
On behalf of the officers of the U.S. Park Police, I want to express our deepest and sincere condolences to the families of the Navy Yard shooting victims and our hope for a quick recovery for those injured in this horrific act of human depravity.
On Monday, September 16, law enforcement officers from many agencies all across the District of Columbia came together to neutralize a threat against the public. U.S. Park Police, DC Metropolitan Police, Naval District Washington Police, FBI, ATFE, DEA, U.S. Marshals and others responded to the call of an active shooter. These officers and agents went in while the members of the public ran to safety. This was their job. They did it and they did it well.
A United States Park Police patrol officer teamed up with an officer from the Metropolitan Police to form an active shooter team. They went in, addressed the threat and neutralized him. While this sounds very clear cut and concise, it was far from it. These two officers, in the face of gunfire, stepped up and acted with heroism and courage. They and the other first responders who went to the sound of gunshots on Monday are heroes. While there was a terrible loss of life, countless others were saved through the heroic acts of these selfless officers who put the public before their own safety.
Additionally, the Officers of the U.S. Park Police were able to meet this threat due to the agency’s Patrol Rifle program which puts rifles in the hands of Patrol Officers so that they are adequately equipped to neutralize an active shooter. Recently the Office of the Inspector General published a report asking, among other things, why the U.S. Park Police has rifles in its firearms inventory. The events of Monday, more clearly than anything, answers that question.
While officers of various agencies rushed in to protect lives, the U.S. Park Police Aviation Unit responded, in the highest tradition of its forty year history, to medevac patients, rescue victims trapped on rooftops and to insert SWAT members to assist in the overall operation. All the while, providing air support and an air based sniper, if needed. The F.O.P. has been trying to secure funding for a new aircraft to replace the 23 year old aircraft the Unit currently has. In these times of financial hardship, it is imperative to recognize the utility and lifesaving ability of this unit and we are hopeful that the funding can be found to replace the older of the two, primary, helicopters the Unit has
In Fiscal Year 2014, the U.S. Park Police and other Federal law enforcement agencies are facing more cuts through sequestration and the F.O.P. is hopeful that a greater priority will be given to our first responders as they continue to serve, doing their difficult jobs with integrity and dedication to serving the American people.
UNITED STATES PARK POLICE
FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE
1320 G ST SE Washington, DC 20003
******** Press Release *********
- ABC 7 – FOP Press Conference
- FOX5 – Helicopter Heros – Navy Yard Shooting
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- WUSA9 interviews the crew of the Eagle
WUSA9 interviews the crew of the Eagle about their response to the Navy Yard Active Shooter
- 40th Anniversary of USPP Aviation Unit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, the United States Park Police Aviation Unit celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Since 1973, the brave men and women of this unit have saved thousands of lives through medevacs, river and mountain top rescues and supported regional law enforcement agencies in their mission to protect the public. In 1982, the Aviation Unit first gained worldwide notoriety with the rescue of five passengers from the doomed Air Florida flight 90 out of National Airport, when it crashed into the icy waters of the Potomac River. Park Police Aviation also lead the way with medevacs from the Pentagon and helped control the air space around D.C. on September 11, 2001. While these are just two shining examples of the unit’s stellar history, the real story lies in the lives they save every day, that go relatively unnoticed, except by the people they have rescued or medevac’d. Though the U.S. Park Police has become an integral part of law enforcement and public safety in the Washington D.C. region, the unit’s future is uncertain. Faced with aging equipment and a lack of solid funding, the unit will need to acquire a new helicopter very soon. One of the aircraft was purchased in 1990 and has gone well beyond its intended use as a multipurpose, law enforcement and medevac helicopter. Maintenance is becoming so costly so as to make it non-cost effective. Getting the roughly 18 million dollars to invest in new aircraft to ensure the area’s public safety has become challenging. The National Park Service and the Department of Interior will have to look very closely at priorities in order to secure the funding and the Fraternal Order of Police is hopeful they will do just that. The alternative paints a much gloomier picture for the future of medevacs and river rescues in this area as well as the unintended consequences it would have on public safety.
Ian R. Glick
- Lincoln Memorial Vandalism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Regarding the act of vandalism that took place in the early morning hours of July 26, 2013: This type of reprehensible act is unfortunate but it did not permanently damage the memorial and this incident further underscores the need for the National Park Service to provide more funding and more personnel so as to provide a higher level of deterrence through officer presence. We are fortunate that this deplorable act can be remedied but caution that we are lucky that this wasn’t an act of terrorism. The F.O.P. has been asking the National Park Service to review its funding of the Park Police and this incident, which we believe is just one of the many potential acts possible, due to the appalling lack of funding, just echoes our call.
- History of the USPP FOP
An “About the USPPFOP” has been added to the site, giving you a brief history of the labor committee’s beginning.
2013 is the 110th anniversary of police officers banding together to improve the working conditions and professionalism of police officers in the District of Columbia.
- Response to OIG Report
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report, today that is highly critical of the United States Park Police’s handling of its firearms inventories. The F.O.P. fully supports the OIG’s review of firearms policies and welcomes any critical assessment that will ensure our members have all of the tools necessary to effectively serve and protect the public.
However, we take issue with the conclusions drawn by the OIG and the National Park Service Director’s assertions made regarding the firearms program within the U.S. Park Police. Specifically,
• Director Jarvis states, “I have no tolerance for this management failure, the safety and security of our visitors and employees remain our highest priority.” The F.O.P. applauds the Director in reiterating our mission; however, the implication is that somehow, public safety was in jeopardy due to the antiquated system of weapon tracking. This is absolutely not the case and to imply so is to imply the officers of the U.S. Park Police have somehow failed the public we serve. In addition, NONE of these weapons were evidence or confiscated during arrests. They are all government owned firearms-solely for government use.
• The report fails to mention that firearms requiring disposal cannot be destroyed due to the lack of any contractor currently available to dispose of (melt down) these firearms and render them useless. Nor are any recommendations given on how to remedy this.
• This report makes assertions that go back well over 10 years, yet the current Chief has only been back in her position since 2011, after her lengthy court battle to return to her position. There is no mention of any other former officials being held accountable for past failures, some of whom are still employed by the Department of Interior or other Federal agencies.
• The report fails to mention that the Firearms Custodian has had little to no access to the computer system used to track these government owned firearms other than viewing capability. The ability to add, delete or modify the inventory has not been given to the U.S. Park Police, directly.
• The report discusses antiquated weapons with “limited or no operational need”. 4 of these weapons are used by the Honor Guard for ceremonial purposes and the remainder cannot be disposed of due to lack of a contractor for that purpose.
The OIG’s report has revealed that many problems within the U.S. Park Police are systematic and have existed for many years, though it now looks to hold accountable the officers who currently work for the agency with no mention of the length of these problems. The dedicated officers who diligently serve the public safeguard their personally issued weapons and any others owned by the agency. Any statement to the contrary is baseless and without merit and should immediately be amended to state that this agency has done the best job it can, with the limited resources, tools and funding given to it by the National Park Service. We look forward to any review of the current programs within the U.S. Park Police so long as they are complete, concise and include identifying where system failures first began.
- PEER statement on Assault of Police Officers
For Immediate Release: Jun 17, 2013
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337
SPIKE IN ATTACKS ON RANGERS AND FEDERAL LAND MANAGERS
2012 Saw Major Increase in Violence Directed at Refuge Mangers & U.S. Park Police
Posted on Jun 17, 2013
Washington, DC — Federal employees in national parks, wildlife refuge and even marine sanctuaries suffered more attacks and threats in 2012 than in the previous year, according to agency figures obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Reported incidents rose more than 40% in wildlife refuges and in areas patrolled by the U.S. Park Police and by more than 12% in national parks.
The year began with the shooting death of Mount Rainier National Park law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson on January 1, 2012 in Washington State. She was only was the ninth ranger killed in the line of duty since the National Park Service was founded in 1916. A park ranger was last killed in 2002, at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona, while chasing drug traffickers.
Drugs and alcohol appeared to play a role in a large number of incidents which included –
In September, a Bureau of Land Management worker was shot at while driving a Bureau vehicle;
A fleeing subject attempted to run over a U.S. Park Police officer with his car; and
A visitor center for a wildlife refuge received a note with profane racist remarks and a threat to burn the center down.
“Unfortunately, violence and abuse directed against public servants is becoming more common,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that factors cited by employees include conflicts over resource protection policies, growing use of public lands for meth labs and marijuana plantations as well as deeper penetration of backcountry by off-road vehicles. The figures do not show any clear pattern reflecting liberalized loaded firearm rules in national parks and refuges which went into effect in 2010. “The saying ‘it’s not easy being green’ is becoming truer with each passing year.”
The biggest annual jump in 2012 was seen by the U.S. Park Police (42.9%) which represents the highest number (100) of violent incidents in its history. National wildlife refuges operated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services saw a similar increase but with much smaller totals while marine sanctuaries (25%) run by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration and national parks (12.9%) also experienced hikes. At the same time, the Bureau of Land Management registered a small drop (4.3%) in cases.
“The one certainty is that these agencies will have less support to cope with increasing demands in the year ahead,” added Ruch, noting the U.S. Park Police narrowly avoided furloughs of officers due to cutbacks which are likely to be deeper in the next budget. “PEER has been extracting this data as a tool to persuade agency managers that assault against their own staff is a matter they should be studying and seeking to address.”
PEER has maintained a database of incidents against federal resource employees since the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Most of the agencies did not track this type of information when PEER first started submitting Freedom of Information Act requests but now all maintain some data, although it is often not consistent or complete. For example, the Park Service does not maintain records of attacks on non-law enforcement personnel while the U.S. Forest Service now lumps into its violence reports incidents which do not involve threats or attacks. The U.S. Justice Department stopped tracking assaults on federal employees back in 2002, after it persuaded Congress to repeal a reporting requirement for such incidents.
Coverage of the story
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- Statue of Liberty At Risk
From the New York Times article “Citing Danger, Schumer Calls for Scrapping New Screening Plan for Statue of Liberty” :
Senator Charles E. Schumer called on the National Park Service on Monday to scrap what he called a dangerous new security plan for the Statue of Liberty, saying that it could leave visitors to the tourist attraction vulnerable to a terrorist attack.
For nearly two years now, the New York Police Department has opposed the Park Service’s plan to screen visitors to the statue at central points on Liberty and Ellis Islands, which were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and are scheduled to reopen on July 4. In early 2011, Ken Salazar, then the secretary of the interior, intended to announce the change, but he held off because of stiff objections from the police commissioner, Raymond W. Kelly.
Read more articles from around the world on this new plan.
From the UK’s The Telegraph Concern over New Security Protocols at Statue of Liberty<
From ABC News: NY Senator: New Statue of Liberty Security Risky
From Detroit Free Press: NY senator: Security plans at Statue of Liberty could leave visitors vulnerable
From Newsday: Schumer, Kelly: New Statue of Liberty security a risk
From the Wall Street Journal: NY senator: New Statue of Liberty security risky
- ‘Forensic Accounting’
An interesting article titled “U.S. Park Police sheds furloughs after some ‘forensic accounting’ ” has been written by Lisa Rein in the Washington Post regarding the “miraculous” find of money in order for the furlough to be lifted.
So when everyone from the mounted unit to the chief was told to stay home for at least 12 days this spring and summer, the furloughs got little attention — even though the police were the only uniformed federal law enforcement officers to face the indignity of being told they are not essential.
The highlight of the piece is the Labor Committee’s Treasurer, Ofc McSherry, making an astute observation:
“How they did this will be a mystery forever, trust me.”
- Furlough Ends
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Today, at 1 pm (EDT) the National Park Service (NPS) announced that furloughs for United States Park Police (USPP) employees will end on June 1. Citing overstated cost projections and cost cutting measures previously taken by the agency, combined with the 3 furlough days taken to date, the NPS found that the agency’s financial situation was such that furloughs would not be necessary beyond June 1.
While this is encouraging news to the members of the USPP FOP, it is important to point out that the agency is still understaffed, poorly funded and lacks financial control of its own operations. We look forward to continuing to bring public and congressional attention to the needs of our membership in protecting the public, as well as our historical and natural resources.
U.S. Park Police
- Jarvis Answers Moran’s Questions
Moran- “…AS A RESULT OF THOSE CUTS, THERE’S GOING TO BE A FURLOUGH FURLOUGHING OF PARK POLICE OFFICERS OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS. THIS IS GOING TO BE A TOUGH TIME TO BE FURLOUGHING PARK POLICE. SO I’D LIKE TO KNOW HOW YOU’RE DEALING WITH IT AND STILL ENSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF OUR PARK VISITORS.”
Jarvis – “YES, SIR. SO WITH THE SEQUESTRATION, SINCE IT WAS APPLIED LINE BY LINE IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICES BUDGET, EACH OF OUR OPERATING ACCOUNTS TOOK A 5% CUT.
THE U.S. PARK POLICE IS APPROXIMATELY $100 MILLION OPERATION ANNUALLY. IT IS A PROGRAM THAT IS ESSENTIALLY ALL SALARY AND OPERATIONS, HELICOPTER FLEET VEHICLES AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE. WE HAD TO TAKE A $5 MILLION HIT HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR, INDICATING OF COURSE THE PARK POLICE HAVE BEEN OPERATING, WE HAD A MAJOR ROLE IN THE INAUGURATION, NUMBER OF EVENTS. FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T FAMILIAR, THEY ARE THE SORT OF ELITE URBAN LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATION. THEY OPERATE HERE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND IN SAN FRANCISCO AND NEW YORK. THEY PROTECT THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AND THEN OF COURSE HERE IN THE WASHINGTON, THE MONUMENTS AND MEMORIALS, GW PARKWAY. WE’RE WORKING CLOSELY WITH PARK POLICE AND THE CURRENT EXPECTATION IS WE’LL HAVE TO FURLOUGH EVERY EMPLOYEE A FULL PAY PERIOD AND WE’RE LOOKING TO SEE HOW WE CAN BALANCE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR SECURITY AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACROSS THE U.S. PARK POLICE RESPONSIBILITIES. AND WE’RE LOOKING AT EVERY MAJOR EVENT THAT WE HAVE SCHEDULED FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. THERE’S THE FOURTH OF JULY AND ROLLING THUNDER AND YOU KNOW, THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, ALL OF THOSE REQUIRE EXTRAORDINARY RESPONSIBILITIES ON OUR PART. WE’RE ANALYZING THAT AT THIS POINT. WE HAVE NOT FOUND A SOLUTION THAT WILL NOT REQUIRE FURLOUGHS.”
Moran -“EVERY ONE OF MORE THAN 700 PARK POLICE WILL BE FURLOUGHED FOR AN ENTIRE PAY PERIOD?”
Jarvis – “THAT’S CORRECT.”
Moran – ”
OVER THE NEXT SIX MONTHS.”
Moran -“YOU MENTIONED THE PARK POLICE HELICOPTER. WE HAVE THREE OF THEM, SOME ARE AS OLD AS 30 YEARS OLD. WHILE THEY’VE CERTAINLY EXCEEDED THEIR RECOMMENDED FLIGHT HOUR LEVELS, IS THERE ANY TIME LINE FOR THE REPLACEMENT OF AT LEAST THE 30-YEAR-OLD HELICOPTER?”
Jarvis- “WE THINK THAT THE CURRENT FLEET IS STILL FULLY OPERATIONAL AND STILL — “I MEAN, THERE ARE HAVING THREE ONE AS A BACKUP, TWO ARE PRIME, THAT WE HAVE TO SCHEDULE IT AT SOME POINT”
Moran- “CAN’T AFFORD IT, I UNDERSTAND. YOU’VE GOT A ONE-TIME PAYMENT OF $30 MILLION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THE TRAIL WITHIN THE EVERGLADES. I DO SUPPORT THAT. BUT IT’S GOING TO COST HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND THERE ARE NO COMMITMENTS”
- Sequester takes its toll on Mall, park police and Smithsonian museums
from the Washington Post
By Lisa Rein, Published: May 2
The Mall, Washington’s oft-trampled symbol of democracy and its most-visited national park, heads into the summer tourist season with no Fourth of July concert, fewer Park Police officers and a whole lot of uncollected trash – all results of the spending cuts coursing through parks, museums and other cultural destinations that people come to see in the capital city.
One of the ironies of the sequester is that while the National Park Service did not have to furlough employees, the separately run U.S. Park Police did. Rank-and-file officers started taking unpaid days off this week. That means that of the 350 patrol officers, SWAT team members and detectives assigned to Washington area parks, a significant number will be missing from each shift.
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Surae Chinn road around with Sgt. Johnson of District Three.
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