Monday, July 21, 2014

Person of Interest

The United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch is seeking information regarding the individual in the above photographs. The individual pictured may be of assistance to the United States Park Police with information regarding an assault that occurred in Glover Archbold Park located in NW Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April, 1, 2014 at approximately 8:00 pm.

Anyone with information regarding the identity or whereabouts of the following individual pictured above is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Branch 202-610-8730.

There are currently No Outstanding Warrants placed on this individual by this Agency.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

River Safety Enforcement

Officers from Montgomery County PD, Maryland Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Park Police look over a cliff in search of illegal swimmers and distressed hikers

On Sunday, July 13, 2014, the United States Park Police, Montgomery County Police, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources combined efforts to participate in river patrols along the Potomac River Gorge. Patrols were directed at Lock 6, Billy Goat Trail Section A, Olmsted Island, Difficult Run, and the Cow Hoof Rock area with the primary goal of sharing river safety messages to the public.

Throughout the day, officers encountered visitors hiking in restricted areas as well as illegally swimming and bathing in the river. Officers also assisted two visitors with ankle injuries, often caused by slipping on rocks.

The primary goal of the joint agency efforts were to protect life, enhance visitor safety and protect natural resources.

Enforcement objectives for all agencies are to educate and inform visitors of the safety precautions and risk factors when disobeying signs of danger.

Citations and warnings were issued for swimming/bathing. Visitors are urged to obey all signs.

Friday, June 13, 2014

United States Park Police Hosts Awards Ceremony for Boy Scouts of America

On June 12, 2014, the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (NCAC,BSA) on behalf of the Boy Scouts of America National Office presented Navy Captain Edward "Chip" Zawislak with the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, the highest recognition granted by the Boy Scouts. Captain Zawislak is a Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster of Troop 903 in Calvert County, MD, and was also a victim of the September 16, 2013, Washington Navy Yard shooting. He was stranded on the rooftop of the Building 197 with gunshot victim Jennifer Bennett and Makonnen Eyob and Michael Jackson.

The ceremony was hosted by the United States Park Police at the Anacostia Aviation Hanger, The Eagles Nest. The importance of the ceremony location with the Eagle closely behind and Navy Yard Building 197 in the background brought back many memories for those present.

Attending the ceremony in support of Captain Zawislak was, Makonnen Eyob, U.S. Park Police Officer Matthew Cooney (who aided in the medical care and rescue of those stranded) and shooting victim Jennifer Bennett.

Navy Captain Edward 'Chip' Zawislak Honor Medal with Crossed Palms recipient