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 ★★★
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. Continue reading “FOP Press Release on Navy Yard Shootings”→
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.