The U. S. Park Police Fraternal Order of Police By-Laws are available for downloading on the usppfop.org website. This year there will be an Executive Board election. Any member considering running for an Executive Board position should become familiar with the by-laws because they control the operations of our organization.
The major change from the previous by-laws is that this year’s voting will be conducted by mail-in ballot through the U. S. Postal Service. There will no longer be voting at worksites. To run a ballot by mail election that complies with U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) union election regulations, the first step in the process is to assemble a verified membership mailing list. This must be done before mailing election-related announcements.
Annual Blue Mass
The Blue Mass will be held at 12:10 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (10th & G Streets, NW, Washington, DC). For additional information please call 202-347-2713 or visit www.saintpatrickdc.org.
Thirteen of the 15 members of the Milwaukee City Council want to rewrite their police department’s pursuit policy. Going against the trend of more restrictive police pursuit policies, a majority of the Council is seeking to lift some of the current restrictions.
This group is seeking to ease the current policy’s total ban of pursuits based solely on traffic violations. Since pursuits were restricted Milwaukee has seen significant increases in fatal accidents, hit and run crashes, red light violations, and speeding. The police have also reported a significant increase of drivers fleeing traffic stops.
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.