Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mass Arrests At White House

The United States Park Police arrested 61 people for demonstration violations in front of the White House.

During a demonstration, the participants failed to comply with the stipulations of their National Park Service permit.

After being given three warnings outlining the violation and informing the participants of the likelihood of arrest, these 61 people were arrested.

All were charged with disobeying an order and were taken to a United States Park Police processing facility.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mass Arrests At White House

On Monday April 27, 2009 the United States Park Police arrested 91 people for violating demonstration regulations.

The group exceeded the statutory maximum participant number for demonstrating on the White House sidewalk without drawing a permit.

Because of the unseasonably high temperatures, the United States Park Police requested the assistance of the District of Columbia Fire Department to monitor the health and well being of the demonstrators as they were being processed. While the arrestees were processed, medical personnel continually evaluated their status and no heat related illnesses were reported.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dramatic River Rescue By US Park Police Aviation

On Sunday April 26, 2009 at 7:40 pm, Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Fire and Rescue Services was dispatched to the Potomac River at Pennyfield Lock for reports of a person in the Potomac River and in distress.

The standard protocol for this type of rescue also sends the United States Park Police Aviation Section.

Montgomery County Fire Strike Teams 710 and 730 along with Company 731 dispatched rescue boats, EMS units, engine companies and truck companies.

United States Park Police Aviation Helicopter Eagle 1 manned by Pilot Sgt. Kevin Chittick and Rescue Technician/Paramedic Sgt. Chris Perkins responded. When Eagle 1 arrived, the flight crew observed a subject who had apparently been swept about one quarter of a mile down river by a swift current. He had managed to swim to an island.

As there was no access from shore, Sgt. Perkins jumped about five feet from the helicopter as Sgt. Chittick maintained a hover. Sgt. Perkins evaluated the medical condition of the patient. The patient was not seriously injured, however, the only way to remove him from the island was by Montgomery County Fire Department boat.

The boat crew removed the patient to Pennyfield Lock where the patient ultimately refused further treatment and transport to hospital for a leg injury.

The United States Park Police reminds visitors to the Potomac River to exercise extreme caution near the water as the seemingly calm surface hides a very swift and treacherous current below.

Potomac River Water Rescue

On Sunday April 26, 2009 at about 5:00 PM, the District of Columbia Fire Department, Washington Metropolitan Police Department, United States Park Police, Arlington County Fire Department, and United States Coast Guard responded to a river rescue in the Potomac River.

Units arrived on the Potomac River south of Chain Bridge to learn that an 11 year old male had been playing on the rocks along the Potomac River with his father. The 11 year old entered the river and was swept downstream.

This 11 year old boy was unable to be immediately rescued and the First Responder Units set up a rescue operation.

Assets from the Harbor Patrol and Aviation units have been diligently searching the water and the shore lines in an attempt to locate the missing boy.

As the rescue unfolds, District of Columbia Police Harbor Patrol Officers remind the public that the Potomac River is treacherous with swift water just below the surface. Personal Flotation Devices are strongly encouraged for people using the Park areas adjacent to the river and strongly cautioned not to enter the water.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

United States Park Police Seeking Officers

The United States Park Police is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Police Officer.

The United States Park Police was founded in 1791 and is one of the nation's oldest uniformed federal law enforcement agencies. The United States Park Police provide law enforcement services to designated areas within the National Park Service, primarily the metropolitan areas of Washington, D.C.; New York City, NY; and San Francisco, CA.

The mission of the United States Park Police is to support and further the goals of the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service by providing quality law enforcement to safeguard lives, protect our national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserve the natural and cultural resources entrusted to their care.

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.

All interested applicants are strongly encourage to review the announcement on the Office of Personel Management website

Please select Announcement number NPS-USPP-09-254736.

Monday, April 13, 2009

US Park Police Officer Involved Shooting -- Update

On Monday April 13, 2009 at about 11:50am, United States Park Police Officers were alerted to a man with a gun in the area of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue. The Officers located the described vehicle and observed the operator enter the vehicle. When the officers attempted to stop this car, the operator drove away leading to a short pursuit. During this pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a fixed object in the area of 2nd Street and K Street NE.

When the Officers approached the car, the driver backed up rapidly striking an Officer with his car. The two Officers at this scene fired their guns at the driver. The driver then made a rapid U-Turn and then drove forward towards the officers attempting to strike them once more. Again the officers fired.

The suspect fled the scene and drove on the sidewalk of 2nd Street south from K Street. About one block later, the fleeing car struck another marked US Park Police cruiser.

The fleeing driver was then apprehended.

The suspect sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of NON life threatening injuries.

The struck Officer was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of NON life threatening injuries.

The suspect is Ronald Hughes 54 years old of North West Washington, DC.

Multiple charges are pending against Mr. Hughes.

No bystanders were injured in this incident.

US Park Police Officer Involved Shooting

On Monday April 13, 2009 at about 12:15pm, United States Park Police Officers were investigating a vehicle involved in a crime. This vehicle, with one occupant, the driver, failed to stop for the officers. A short vehicle pursuit, about two blocks, took place. The vehicle struck a fixed object on K Street at 2nd Street NE.

The officers attempted to apprehend the driver. These two officers were on foot after this crash. When they approached the suspect, the suspect drove forward and struck one officer with his car. The two officers fired their weapons. The suspect vehicle left the scene and stopped about a block away on 2nd Street south of K Street NE.

The suspect was apprehended.

The suspect was transported to Washington Hospital Center with what appears to be NON life threatening gunshot injuries.

The struck officer was transported to a local hospital with NON life threatening injuries.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Assault Suspect Sought

The United States Park Police seek assistance in locating a suspect in an assault on the Clara Barton Parkway.

The United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch is seeking information related to an assault that occurred westbound on the Clara Barton Parkway near I-495. On Monday April 6, 2009 at 8:10 am, a female was assaulted by an Hispanic female, 5’7” tall and weighing 140 pounds. This assailant was wearing a black dress and a white t-shirt with short sleeves.

This assailant was driving a gray Honda CRV 4 door with Maryland license plates that begin with the letter “K” and containing the letter “M”.

Anyone with information about this assault is asked to contact United States Park Police Detective Scott Powers at (202) 610-8752 or the United States Park Police Tip Line at (202) 610-8737.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Road Closures April 5th, 2009

On Sunday April 5, 2009, the United States Park Police will make the following road closures to accommodate the annual Cherry Blossom Foot Race.

At 5:00 am 15th Street will be closed from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue.

At 7:20 am, the following streets will be closed:

17th Street from Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue.

Raoul Wallenburg Place (15th Street) from Maine Avenue to Independence Avenue.

Independence Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street.

Ohio Drive through Haines Point.

Rock Creek Parkway from 23rd and Independence Avenue up to the Kennedy Center.

East and West Basin Drives.

Buckeye Drive in its entirety on Haines Point.

Parkway Drive from Ohio Drive to the Lincoln Memorial Circle.

These roads will be opened at 12:00 noon.

United States Park Police Officers will be on site to assist visitors.