Visitation increased 41% in the National Park Service (NPS), National Capital Region (Washington, DC Metropolitan Area), between 1990 and 2015. According to NPS records during that 25-year period, visits rose from 33 million to 56 million. (See: A)
Closely matching the increase in visitation was a 43% population increase in the Washington-Baltimore-Arlington Metropolitan Area between 1990 and 2017. During that time, the population grew from 6.7 million to 9.6 million. (See: B)
The United States Park Police (USPP) is understaffed and under equipped. The evidence of this is substantial but, the National Park Service (NPS) has recklessly ignored the evidence for decades. Their long-term neglect of the USPP’s operational readiness issues and an inability to grasp the current threat environment have resulted in a police force that cannot effectively patrol, investigate crimes, or respond to critical incidents. The NPS must be compelled to address these issues immediately, the safety of the public and some of our Nation’s most treasured cultural resources are at risk.
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.