Thursday, December 22, 2011

Traffic Impact Of Sergeant Boehm's Funeral

United States Park Police Sergeant Michael Boehm will be laid to rest on Wednesday December 28, 2011.

This funeral will have substantial impact on traffic in the Burke, VA area and roads leading into downtown Washington, DC.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday December 28, 2011 at 10:00 am at:

Church of the Nativity
6400 Nativity Lane
Burke, VA 22015

This church is off Old Keene Mill Road just west of Lee Chapel Road.

Motorist in the area should expect a large presence of law enforcement personnel arriving for the service.

Commuters for the morning rush hour may be affected and should consider work around routes.

It is anticipated that the processional will leave the church at about 11:30 am. For this processional, many roads will be closed.

Closures will be “rolling” when appropriate but travelers are advised to consider alternate routes. Some routes may be closed for substantial durations.

The route is as follows:

• Exit the church making right turn on Old Keene Mill Rd

• Left on Fairfax County Parkway

• Left on ramp to I 395 north HOV

• Left on exit ramp to Washington Blvd/VA Rt 27

• Washington Blvd/VA Rt 27 to Memorial Bridge

• Across Memorial Bridge into Washington, DC at the Lincoln Memorial

• South on 23rd Street on the south side of the Lincoln Memorial

• Left turn eastbound Independence Avenue to Maine Ave

• Maine Ave to East Basin Dr heading towards the Jefferson Memorial

• South on Ohio Dr towards Hains Point

• Right turn west onto Buckeye Dr and past US Park Police Headquarters

• Right turn onto Ohio Dr along Potomac River, across Inlet Bridge, through West Potomac Park heading back towards the Lincoln Memorial

• Left onto Ohio Drive/Rock Creek Parkway behind Lincoln Memorial to make ramp back onto Memorial Bridge returning into Virginia

• Memorial Bridge to south on George Washington Parkway to south VA Rt 27 to I 395 south HOV

• South on I 395 HOV to Fairfax County Parkway

• Left exit onto Fairfax County Parkway making right onto FFX Parkway itself

• Right on Braddock Road

• Left on Burke Station Road

• Right turn into cemetery

The cemetery is:

Fairfax Memorial Park
9900 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032

The US Park Police anticipates that the procession will take about 1 ½ hours. The beginning time is approximate.

Partnering law enforcement agencies and departments of transportation will assist with the road closures. All roads will be reopened as soon as possible.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Funeral for Sgt. Michael A. Boehm

The United States Park Police is saddened to announce the on duty death of Sergeant Michael Boehm.

Sergeant Boehm was assisting EMS Units at the scene of a critically injured person in the area of 34 th St and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Washington, DC on December 16, 2011. While at the scene, Sgt. Boehm collapsed and was transported to Georgetown University Hospital. sadly, he died a short time later.

Sgt. Boehm will be buried with full honors. All area law enforcement agencies are invited to participate in the viewing and funeral. The arrangements are as follows;

The viewing and Funeral Mass will be held at the
Church of the Nativity
6400 Nativity Lane
Burke, VA 22015

The public viewing will be held on Tuesday December 27, 2011 from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

The funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday December 28, 2011 at 10:00 am.

Immediately following the funeral Mass a procession will be held from the church to U.S. Park Police Headquarters in Washington, DC. Sgt. Boehm will be interred after the procession (approximately 1:00pm) at the
Fairfax Memorial Park
9900 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22015

Partnering law enforcement agencies desiring to send officers, motorcycle escorts and ceremonial units will be advised shortly of specific points of contact and staging areas.

Parking will be limited so attendees are encouraged to carpool when possible. Parking at the church will be limited to procession and ceremonial vehicles. All others will be directed to overflow sites where shuttle service will be available. Variable messaging signs and law enforcement personnel will provide directions in the area of the church.

All subsequent information will be sent by teletype and will available on the U.S. Park Police website; All other inquiries can be made through the US Park Police command post at (202) 619-7153.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Death of United States Park Police Sergeant

The United States Park Police regrets to announce the line of duty death of Sergeant Michael Boehm .

Sgt. Boehm responded to a call for a man down on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at 34th Street NW Washington, DC on December 16, 2011.

He was assisting another District 3 officer handling a critically injured person. Our partners from the District of Columbia Fire and EMS were on the scene for the call he originally responded.

As Sgt. Boehm was assisting with the investigation, he collapsed.

The firefighters at that scene immediately provided aid to Sgt. Boehm. They transported him to Georgetown University Hospital where the medical staff continued treatment.

Sadly, these efforts failed to resuscitate Sgt. Boehm and he was pronounced a short time later.

Sergeant Boehm is survived by his wife Corrina and son Christopher.

Sergeant Boehm entered service with the United States Park Police on October 11, 1992.

At this time, memorial arrangements have not been made.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

US Park Police Seek Information On Fatal Hit And Run Crash

The United States Park Police is seeking the public’s help with information about a fatal hit and run crash on the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

On Monday, 11/28/11 at about 2:20 am, United States Park Police officers responded to a motor vehicle crash northbound on the Baltimore Washington Parkway south of Powder Mill Rd in Beltsville, MD.

A vehicle driven by Louis Poteat, a 72 year old male Seat Pleasant, MD resident, was struck from the rear. The striking vehicle did not stay on the scene.

Mr. Poteat was transported to an area hospital and died later that morning from injuries sustained in this crash.

The US Park Police is looking for a dark colored Mercedes that likely has front end damage. Our investigation indicates that this vehicle may have been involved in a street race northbound Baltimore Washington Parkway south of Powder Mill Rd. prior to the crash, and may have been involved in the crash. The driver of this Mercedes did not stay on the scene of the crash. The other vehicle in the race was a silver Lexus.

Anyone with information about the crash or details about this dark colored Mercedes is asked to call the US Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch at (202) 610-8730 or the tip line at (202) 610-8737. Detective Powers is the lead investigator.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

US Park Police Seeks A Wanted Person In Shooting Investigation

The United States Park Police is seeking the public’s help in locating a wanted person.

On November 11, 2011 at about 9:30 pm, the US Park Police investigated a sound of shots fired in the 1600 block of Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC. This is between the White House and the Washington Monument.

As the investigation unfolded, the US Park Police located a vehicle in the 2300 block of Constitution Avenue. Evidence in the vehicle le to us obtaining an arrest warrant for Oscar Ortega

We are seeking help in locating:

Oscar Ramiro ORTEGA

21 year old

White Hispanic Male


160 pounds

Medium Build

Brown eyes

Black hair

His right hand has a tattoo of three dots, he has a tattoo stating “Ortega” on his upper back, a tattoo on his right chest of rosary beads and hands clasped in prayer, a tattoo of folded hands on left chest, and the words “Israel” tattooed on left side of neck.

Anyone with information is asked to contact local law enforcement or US Park Police at (202) 610-7500 for immediate assistance, or the Criminal Investigations Branch Tip Line at (202) 610-8737 for non emergent information.

US Park Police Seek Vehicle For Serious Hit And Run Pedestrian Struck

The United States Park Police is seeking a vehicle wanted for a serious hit and run of a pedestrian on the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

This hit and run happened on November 12, 2011 shortly after 4:00 am northbound Baltimore Washington Parkway south of Maryland Route 410 which is also known as Riverdale Road.

The victim, a 27 year old female from Baltimore, MD, was transported to a local hospital with severe head and neck injuries. This woman was outside of her disabled car when she was was hit by a white or silver minivan or utility van. This van is described as having no rear windows on back doors or flat rear panel. Damage is on the right passenger side of vehicle and may have side view mirror damage. It was last seen travelling northbound on Baltimore Washington Parkway in the area of MD Rt. 410.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call the US Park Police Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (202) 610-8737.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Seeking Information In Fatal Pedestrian Hit And Run

The United States Park Police is seeking information about a fatal hit and run pedestrian strike on the Suitland Parkway.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday September 10, 2011, a 27 year old female District of Columbia resident was on foot crossing the westbound Suitland Parkway at Naylor Road.

This woman was struck by a car and fatally injured. The striking vehicle did not remain at the scene.

The US Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch would like to speak with anyone who may have witnessed or been involved in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the US Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch Tip Line at 202-610-8737.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Updates to Manassas Events

The National Park Service, Manassas National Battlefield Park will adjust the schedule of programs for the 150th Anniversary of First Manassas on Saturday, July 23, 2011, due to forecast heat and weather conditions.

There will be a Musket Firing Demonstration at 11:00 a.m. and an Artillery Firing Demonstration at 1:00 p.m. The rest of the musket and artillery demonstrations have been cancelled. The Quantico Marine Corps Band will not be playing the 7:00 p.m. concert. That concert will feature the Fort McHenry Guard Fife and Drum Corps.

All other programs, including the 2:00 p.m. interpretive program “The Robinson Farm, an African American Family Caught in the Crossfire” and the 6:00 pm lecture by National Park Service Chief Historian Emeritus Edwin Bearss, will occur as scheduled. The National Park Service Visitor Center, Henry House, Stone House, and Brawner Farm House will remain open. The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Exhibition will remain open. The bus shuttle will operate from the National Park Service field at Chinn Ridge to the Northern Virginia Community College and then to the Visitor Center and other program areas. Follow signs to the parking area access road opposite the park Visitor Center entrance drive.

For up to date information on events on the battlefield visit the park’s web site at or call the toll free information lines 855-305-5947 and 855-576-1335.

For information on the reenactment being held on private land outside the park visit

Friday, July 22, 2011

Manassas Battlefield Heat Warnings Cause Scheduling Changes

The National Park Service, Manassas National Battlefield Park will adjust programming on Friday, July 22, 2011, due to forecasted Excessive Heat Warnings issued by the National Weather Service. These adjustments are being made for visitor, partner and employee health and safety. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., outdoor programs will not be held; however, the National Park Service Visitor Center, Henry House, Stone House, and Brawner Farm House will remain open. Additionally, the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile Exhibition will remain open. All scheduled programming for Friday will continue as planned from 8:00 a.m. until about 2:00 p.m. with shortened presentation periods. Bus shuttle operations will operate from the National Park Service field at Chinn Ridge to the Northern Virginia Community College from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then to the Visitor Center and other program areas. Follow signs to the parking area access road opposite the park Visitor Center entrance drive.

The 6:00 p.m. program Behind the Lines—War Passes Sudley Springs will be held as scheduled and will depart from Sudley United Methodist Church (adjacent to Tour Stop 5). Parking for this special program will be in the church parking lot. In the event of the need for overflow parking, a shuttle bus service will be provided from the Chinn Ridge field and visitor center parking areas to the church. Handicapped parking for this special program will be in the Sudley United Methodist Church parking lot. The program features a guided walk to Sudley Springs Ford and the historic Thornberry House, led by historian John Hennessy. The 90-minute tour will offer perspectives on the role that the Sudley Springs community and Sudley Church served during the battle. Following this tour, Sudley United Methodist Church will offer a vespers service, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

For additional information, contact the Public Information Officer at Manassas National Battlefield Park at the toll free information lines 855-305-5947 and 855-576-1335 or the battlefield’s website at

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Family Reunification

Nothing is more frightening than being separated from your child, especially at a busy shopping mall or a large event such as the Independence Day festivities on the National Mall.

The United States Park Police reunites many children each year after the many big events we patrol. We try to make the reunification as fast and seamless as we can.

You can help us.

One of the best aids we can have is a current photo of your child. This photo can be disseminated to our officers and the media to help find the missing child. Often we find the parents don’t have a recent photo or one that gives us the best details.

Please help us find your child.

Many of us have cell phones and other handheld electronics that can take, store, and send pictures. Please take a close up photo of your child’s face. Use the highest resolution possible and avoid distracting backgrounds.

Also, before you set out for a long day in a big group, take a photo of your child showing what he or she is wearing that day. Accurate clothing descriptions can help in finding your child.

If the police need to help you find your child, you will be able to transfer those photos to us so we can push that data out quickly.

If you take the photos with a cell phone, please strip geotag metadata from the image to protect your privacy and your child’s.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Triathlon Closures In Washington, DC On June 19, 2011

The United States Park Police will have road closures on Sunday June 19, 2011 for the Triathlon.

• At 3:00 am Ohio Drive from Inlet Bridge to 23rd Street S.W. will close.

All of the following closures will go in effect at 5:00 am:

• Rock Creek Parkway entrances south from Calvert Street to Virginia Avenue (Northbound will be open from P St. north)

• Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Ohio Drive

• Potomac Freeway at Ohio Drive

• Parkway Drive from Ohio Drive to Lincoln Memorial Circle

• Memorial Bridge and Memorial Circle

• Constitution Avenue from 15h Street to 23rd Street N.W.

• 17th Street from Constitution. Avenue to Independence Avenue

• 15th Street from Independence Avenue to Maine Avenue

• Maine Avenue from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue

• Independence Avenue from 15th to 23rd Street S.W.

• Jefferson Drive from 3rd to 4th Street

• Jefferson Drive from 14th to 12th Street

• Madison Drive from 3rd to 4th Street

• Madison Drive from 7th to 14th Street

All roadways will be opened no later than 11:00 am

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Park Police Looking For Critical Missing Person

The United States Park Police is looking for Beatty STEVENS who has been missing from the Lincoln Memorial since 1:45 pm today.

Mr. STEVENS is a CRITICAL missing person because of several serious medical conditions including non dangerous mental disease and a respiratory condition.

Mr. Stevens is a 48 year old white male 6’1” tall weighing about 220 pounds. He has facial hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue shirt and blue jeans.

Mr. Stevens does not have his medication with him and as such is considered to be an endangered person in need of immediate care.

Anyone having information regarding the whereabouts of Beatty Stevens is asked to contact the United States Park Police at 202-610-7500.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Seeking Information About A Shooting

The United States Park Police is seeking information about a shooting that happened on the Baltimore Washington Parkway on Sunday June 12, 2011 at about 3:30 am.

This shooting may have been the result of a road rage incident.

On Sunday morning at about 3:30 am, a “party bus” with almost fifty passengers was on eastbound New York Avenue taking the ramp to northbound Baltimore Washington Parkway. There may have been some interactions with another vehicle. The bus stopped on the median strip and a black four door older model BMW stopped in front of the bus.

A passenger from the BMW leaned out of the window and fired a gun at the windshield of the bus.

This round went through the glass but did not strike anyone in the bus.

The US Park Police is looking for a black older model four door BMW with DC tags driven by a black male. The shooter may have been a light complexioned black male wearing a white t shirt.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the US Park Police Criminal Investigations Tip Line at (202) 610-8737.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Park Police Seeking Witnesses To Fatal Car Crash

The United States Park Police is seeking information from anyone who saw a fatal car crash on the Baltimore Washington Parkway that happened on Tuesday May 24, 2011.

On Tuesday May 24, 2011, William K. Ward, a 34 year old Washington, DC resident, died in a car crash that happened northbound Baltimore Washington Parkway north of Riverdale Road. This crash happened at about 6:20 pm.

We received a 911 transfer call from a woman who reported some activity on the side of the road that may have involved the deceased driver and another person. Before we were able to capture her contact information, the call was dropped. We would like her to contact the US Park Police.

We also would like to hear from anyone else who may have seen this activity, or saw a car being operated either very slowly or at a high speed in a reckless fashion.

The area where this crash happened can have cell phones routed to several jurisdictions so some callers may have not had their reports transferred to the US Park Police.

If you have any information, please contact the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch Tip Line at 202-610-8737.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Memorial Day Traffic Closures

The United States Park Police will close several streets on Monday May 30, 2011 for the annual Memorial Day Parade.

At 6:00 am, the streets in the National Mall, Jefferson Drive and Madison drive, will be closed from 4th Street to 14th Street.

At about 1:00 pm, Constitution Avenue will be closed between 15th Street and 23rd Street NW.

These closures will be in effect until about 4:00pm.

The parade starts at 2:00 pm.

Other streets in the area will also be closed by our partners with Metropolitan Police, so please check with them for details.

Also on Monday May 30, 2011, there will be a wreath laying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For this, Henry Bacon Drive will be closed between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle between 6:00 am and 3:00 pm.

Rolling Thunder Traffic Closures

Several roads will be closed on Sunday May 29, 2011 to accommodate the “Rolling Thunder” event.

At about 11:30 am, the following roads will be closed. They are expected to be reopened at about 4:00 pm.

Memorial Bridge and Memorial Avenue from Route 110 to Arlington Memorial Circle

Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue to Virginia Avenue

Ohio Drive, riverside, from Inlet Bridge to Independence Avenue

Independence Avenue from 1st Street SW to 23rd Street SW

Constitution Avenue from Pennsylvania Avenue NW to 23rd Street NW

3rd, 4th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 15th 17th, and 23rd Streets between Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue and one block north of Constitution Avenue and one block south of Independence Avenue at those streets

Henry Bacon Drive and Daniel French Drive

At 5:00 am West Potomac Park will be closed between Inlet Bridge and the intersection of 23rd Street and Independence Avenue SW.

There will be United States Park Police Officers in all of these areas to assist motorists and pedestrians.

Visitors to areas affected by these closures, such as the National Mall and the Monuments and Memorials will find public transportation to be the best method to arrive. These visitors should allow some extra time for their trip.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Park Police Vacancy

The United States Park Police has opened a vacancy announcement for entry level police officers. This position announcement is available at the OPM website.

The United States Park Police is a full service police department with offices in Washington, DC, New York, and San Francisco.

There are many opportunities for officers with this department. Officers can work in criminal investigations, aviation, motors, SWAT, horse mounted, narcotics, crime scene processing, crash reconstruction, marine patrol, city patrol, roadway patrol, and all other elements of police service.

Many say that the United States Park Police is the most rewarding police department to work for. We agree. If you want to join our ranks, please see the announcement and start perhaps the best career around!!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Road Closures For Foot Race

The 2011 Cherry Blossom Footrace takes place on April 3, 2011.

Road closures will go in effect as early as 4:00 am on portions of the route.

The route includes 15th Street between Constitution Avenue and Independence Avenue SW, both directions on Independence Avenue between 15th Streets and 23rd Street SW, Lincoln Memorial Circle and Memorial Bridge, north on Rock Creek Parkway to Virginia Avenue, and East and West Potomac Parks.

The route will reopen at 10:30 am with the exception of 15th Street, which will open at 11:30 am.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sentencing In Maryland

A District of Columbia man was sentenced to a prison term for Possession of Crack Cocaine and Assaulting a United States Park Police Officer. This incident happened on the Baltimore Washington Parkway.

Below is a press release from the United States Attorney's Office:

March 24, 2011



Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Derrick Tarzan Young, age 25, of Washington, D.C., today to 21 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assaulting a U.S. Park Police officer and possession of crack cocaine.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein and Chief Teresa Chambers of the United States Park Police.

According to Young’s guilty plea, on June 10, 2010, an officer of the United States Park Police stopped the vehicle being driven by Young because its brake light was broken. When the officer turned on the lights and siren on his marked police cruiser, Young drove for a substantial distance before coming to a stop.

After the traffic stop, the officer patted down Young and detected a hard object which he believed was drugs. As the officer was trying to handcuff Young, Young threw back his elbow toward the officer and began to run away along the side of the road. The officer pursued Young and grabbed his shirt. Young turned back towards the officer and wrapped his arms around the officer’s waist, near the officer’s gun. After a struggle, the officer finally forced Young to the ground. An off-duty police officer arrived on the scene to assist.

Once Young was in handcuffs, the Park Police officer pulled at Young’s pants. A package fell to the ground which contained 4.5 grams of crack cocaine. At the police station, police seized $280 from Young.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the U.S. Park Police for its work in the investigation and thanked Assistant United States Attorney Hollis Raphael Weisman, who prosecuted the case.

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

The blooms of Cherry Trees around the Tidal Basin will require some traffic pattern changes so that we can have better traffic flow for the viewers.

The traffic pattern change will start on Saturday March 26, 2011 and last until Sunday April 10, 2011. These traffic patterns will be in effect 24 hours a day.

Traffic coming from Maine Avenue onto East Basin Drive, heading towards the Jefferson Memorial, will be required to head down Ohio Drive towards Hains Point.

Vehicles continuing on East Basin Drive will be required to exit onto I-395 south.

Tour buses will be allowed to continue towards the Jefferson Memorial.

Vehicles on Ohio Drive will NOT be allowed to turn westbound onto Buckeye Drive. These cars must continue around Hains Point.

Traffic exiting northbound I 395 at the East Potomac Park/Park Police Exit will be required to turn left onto Buckeye Drive.

All cars on Ohio Drive exiting Hains Point, riverside, must continue along the river towards West Potomac Park and cross Inlet Bridge into West Potomac Park.

All traffic on Ohio Drive in West Potomac Park will be ONE WAY north towards Independence Avenue.

There will be NO southbound traffic on Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue.

Traffic and parking is always difficult when these blossoms peak. The National Park Service and the United States Park Police STRONGLY encourage visitors to use public transportation or bikes to view this incredible display.

Please drive carefully paying attention to the many pedestrians in the area and do not leave valuables in view in your parked car.

Race Closures for March 26, 2011

Several streets administered by the National Park Service will be closed on Saturday March 26, 2011 for a marathon.

Constitution Avenue will close from 15th to 23rd Streets NW at 6:20 am. The Washington, DC Meropolitan Police will close Constitution Avenue from 3rd to 15th Streets NW also.

Constitution Avenue will reopen no later than 10:00 am.

In Anacostia Park, Anacostia Drive will be closed at 7:30 am from South Capital Street to the CSX train crossing. There will be no access to Anacostia Park from Good Hope Road or Nicholson Street. Anacostia Drive will reopen no later than 11:00 am.

US Park Police officers will be in these areas to assist motorists and drivers.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Flooding Possible

The National Weather Service is forcasting significant rains for the Washington area. We could see up to 3 or 4 inches overnight.

With rain recently, the ground is saturated.

There is a chance of roadway flooding, trees coming down, and associated power outages.

While driving, if you come to a flooded road, DO NOT drive into the water.

The road may be washed away or your car may be swept away. It only takes a few inches of swift moving water to carry a car away.


If you come across downed power lines, stay clear and notify public safety agencies to make them safe.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Seeking Identity Of Dead Body

The United States Park Police is seeking information to identify a deceased person found in the wooded area south of the Suitland Parkway and East of Branch Avenue on 2/06/11.

He is a black male over the age of 45, with a light complexion. He was wearing 4 rings on his left hand and multiple necklaces around his neck. He may have been homeless and may have walked with a limp.

If you have any information to identity him, please contact Detective Freeman of the United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch at 202-610-8760.

These are photographs of jewelry he was wearing.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Salazar Makes Law Enforcement Leadership Announcements

The following is a copy of the Press Release from the Department of the Interior:


Washington, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that Chief of the U.S. Park Police Sal Lauro has agreed to serve as a Senior Advisor, effective January 31, 2011.

In that position, Chief Lauro will work closely with Kim Thorsen, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management to launch a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Department’s and Bureaus’ law enforcement activities and programs. Chief Lauro and Deputy Assistant Secretary Thorsen will provide recommendations to the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Bureau heads on how to strengthen law enforcement throughout the Department and its agencies.

“Sal Lauro is a tremendous asset to the Department and I appreciate his willingness to continue to play a leadership role in our law enforcement programs,” said Salazar. “He exemplifies the professionalism and dedication of our strong and proud Park Police force.”

Salazar lauded Chief Lauro as a highly effective and visionary leader for the Park Police. His accomplishments include improving the level of collaboration between the Park Police and external partners, particularly with respect to our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Secretary Salazar today also announced that the final order of the Merit Systems Protection Board concerning Teresa Chambers will be implemented on January 31. “Chief Lauro has led the Park Police on a positive and ambitious agenda over the last two years,” said Salazar, “and I look forward to Teresa Chambers continuing to advance that agenda.”

“From strengthening security at the Statue of Liberty without diminishing the visitor experience, to serving as a strong, steady, and innovative leader for the force, Chief Lauro has charted the right course for the Park Police,” said Jon Jarvis, the Director of the National Park Service. “I look forward to working with Teresa Chambers as she returns to the National Park Service and to continuing to advance down the path of progress that we are on.”

“It is a tremendous honor to return to the United States Park Police and to work alongside the men and women of that organization who have the privilege of serving the law enforcement profession while also serving our country,” said Chambers. “Each day, as part of the National Park Service, these officers, along with law enforcement rangers, walk through the pages of history as they protect and secure our national monuments and parks and those who visit them. I look forward to assisting Director Jarvis and the entire National Park Service team in continuing their fine record of service.”

# # #