Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Park Police Seek Robbery Suspect

The U.S. Park Police is investigating a Robbery that happened on May 5, 2010 at 2:30 am in “P Street Beach”, Northwest, Washington, DC. “P Street Beach” is a park located at 23rd Street and P Street NW and going down a long hill towards Rock Creek.

The suspect is an Hispanic male, with a thin beard, wearing black pants, blue t-shirt, black striped hat and carrying a black backpack with a Nike swoosh and black string shoulder straps.

The suspect stole the victim’s wallet and used his stolen credit card throughout the Dupont Circle area.

Any one with any information about the described suspect is asked to contact the U.S. Park Police tip line at 202-610-8737.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Weekend Road Closures June 19th and 20th

There will be road closures in the downtown area during the weekend of June 19th and 20th to accommodate the Washington DC Triathlon.

The following closures and times will be implemented:

Saturday June 19, 2010

• West Potomac Park will close on Saturday 6/19/20 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm for the swim practice. Tourmobile will have access during this closure

Sunday June 20, 2010

• 3:30 am – 4:00 pm West Potomac Park will be closed. Tourmobile will be given access as soon as the road is cleared even if it is closed to other traffic

• 5:00 am – 11:00 am the following closures will take place:

• Independence Avenue from 14th Street to 23rd Street

• Constitution Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue to 23rd Street

• Rock Creek Parkway from Calvert Street to Ohio Drive

• Parkway Drive

• Daniel French Drive

• Henry Bacon Drive

• 23rd Street, 17th Street, 15th Street, between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue

• Memorial Bridge

• Raoul Wallenberg Place

• Maine Avenue from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue

• Pedestrian access to Memorial Bridge will be closed from 5:00 am until 8:00am

United States Park Police Officers will be in the area to assist motorists and pedestrians. These closures will significantly limit vehicle traffic and parking. We advise visitors to use public transportation.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Potomac River Haz Mat

United States Park Police Aviation personnel patrol National Park Service lands from the unique perspective of the air.

This vantage point furthers our mission of public safety, Icon protection, and preservation of natural resources.

Aviation patrols on June 8, 2010 touched on all three of these elements.

Aviation Sergeants Kevin Chittick and Chris Perkins completed their patrols of the downtown Washington, DC area and moved up the Potomac River towards Great Falls National Park where two people drowned the week before.

After clearing this treacherous river area, they headed down river for continued checks of the National Mall when they spotted a hazardous material situation impacting on NPS land.

These two saw a cloudy substance in the Potomac River near Little Falls Dam. The source was difficult to locate, however their diligent search indicated that the origin was near the reservoir that supplies drinking water for Washington, DC and Arlington, VA.

United States Park Police ground units and District of Columbia Fire Department staff followed the sightings reported by US Park Police Aviation and confirmed the origin as a facility managed by the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority.

The Fire Department HazMat teams sampled the product and determined it to be “an organic substance” not dangerous to flora or fauna.

As this product was in proximity to the C and O Canal and flowing into the Potomac River, United States Park Police Detectives from our Environmental Crimes Unit will follow up the initial investigation to determine if further study is needed.