Monday, December 30, 2013

Wanted for Questioning

The United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch is seeking information regarding the individuals in the below photographs. The subjects shown in these photographs are wanted for questioning by the United States Park Police regarding Check Fraud and Receiving Stolen Property. The below individuals were captured entering and exiting Giant Food Stores located in Woodbridge, Virginia and Springfield, Virginia on July 17, 2013 at approximately 7:06 pm and 7:55 pm.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of the individuals pictured in the photographs is asked to call the United States Park Police Tip Line 202-610-8737 or United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch 202-610-8730 and reference Case #13-27454.

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Armed Robbery Investigation Continues

The United States Park Police, Criminal Investigation Branch, is currently investigating an Armed Robbery that occurred on the Fort Totten Foot Path, Fort Totten Park, NW, Washington DC, on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM.

Two black males, approximately 5’7 to 5’8, approximately 18 to 20 years or age, skinny build but muscular, wearing black ski masks, dark clothing, one black male possibly wearing tan pants, ran up behind the female victim on the Fort Totten Foot Path.

One of the black male suspects pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded her purse and IPhone, then fled the area on foot. On December 4, 2013 at approximately 8:38 PM, video still images were captured in the area of the Brooklyn Metro Station. The individuals in these video still images were using the victim’s smart trip metro card to enter the Brooklyn Metro Station, and the individuals also used the smart trip metro card at several other metro stations from 12/04/2013 to 12/12/2013.

If anyone can identify the individuals in the above photos, please contact the United States Park Police Tip Line 202-610-8737, or Detective Pettett at 202-610-8739 and reference USPP Case #13-45172.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Death Investigation

    Today, Wednesday December 25, 2013, at 3pm, USPP ComSec received a call for a male not breathing at the Anacostia Park Pavillion. USPP units and DC EMS arrived on the scene and discovered an adult male to be unresponsive on arrival. USPP & MPD Detectives responding.  This case is being handled as a death investigation, and will be T.O.T. MPD. The cause of death is unknown, with no obvious signs of foul play. Nothing Further

Monday, December 23, 2013

Coyotes Observed at Ft. Hunt

A pair of coyote (Canis latrans) were confirmed at Ft. Hunt Park last week. One adult and one juvenile coyote were photographed in the evening hours.

Coyotes are a very widespread species and their range stretches from coast to coast. These intelligent animals have adapted to suburban and urban environments. Coyotes have been living in the Washington D.C. area for over a decade and have been documented in Rock Creek Park, local county parks, and the George Washington Memorial Parkway. Since coyotes are often nocturnal, or night-active, they are rarely seen.

Both coyotes observed at Ft. Hunt last week appeared to be in good health and were acting normally. National Park Service staff monitors wildlife activity. National park lands provide important habitat for wildlife and places for people to enjoy the outdoors.

If you have questions or other wildlife sightings, please contact NPS Natural Resource Program Manager Brent Steury at

Friday, December 20, 2013

Protecting Life And Civil Liberties

DomPrep is an information resource for the preparedness community to include emergency planners, responders and receivers from multiple disciplines in multiple jurisdictions.

United States Park Police Captain Charles Guddemi attended a DomPrep roundtable on 29 May 2013 that focused on Planned Special Events - When Things Go Wrong. Following that roundtable, Captain Guddemi invited DomPrep to shadow some of the law enforcement planning efforts for three events organized by the United States Park Police.

The intent of this article was to not only describe the planning, training, and collaborations that occur behind the scenes, but also to highlight the extensive - but not widely known - responsibilities of the United States Park Police.

Feature Article:

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Patrick C. Smith promoted to Deputy Chief, Commander of the Homeland Security Division

Patrick C. Smith has 26 years of service with the United States Park Police including 14 years in command level positions.

He has served the past two years as the Major/Commander of the Icon Protection Branch which includes Special Forces (SWAT, K9, Aviation, Motors and Honor Guard), Special Events Unit, Icon Protection Unit and the Central District Station.

He served on the National Park Service, Incident Management Team as the Director, Law Enforcement and Security Branch for the 57th Presidential Inaugural. His previous commands include Major/Patrol Branch Commander, Captain/NCR Regional Law Enforcement Specialist, Captain/ East District Commander, Lieutenant/ Commander of SWAT and Canine, Lieutenant/Assistant Commander Planning and Development Unit and Lieutenant/Shift Commander.

Other positions he has held include International Association of Chiefs of Police Visiting Fellow, SWAT Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, Criminal Investigator, SWAT Officer and Patrol Officer. In addition he has been detailed to the Secretary of Interior’s Protection Detail on numerous trips to Latin America. Major Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Mason University in Government and Politics, has completed graduate level courses from the University of Virginia, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and speaks Spanish fluently.

Effective today, Sunday, December 15, 2013 Major Smith will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief, and serve as the Acting, Assistant Chief of Police.

Friday, December 13, 2013

10th Annual Maryland Remembers Memorial

On Thursday, December 12, 2013 members of the United States Park Police joined the Farthing family in remembering our fallen hero Hakim A. Farthing. Officer Farthing was struck and killed by a drunk driver on August 10, 2002. Pictured from left to right are Lt. R. Fennelly, Officer Farthings father Chuck Farthing, his sister Eshe Farthing, Mother Nancy Farthing and Lt. Governor, State of Maryland Anthony G. Brown.
Officer L. Weisbaum and Lieutenant J. Schneider

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Deputy Chief Robert MacLean Selected as Acting United States Park Police Chief

Deputy Chief MacLean was hired by the National Park Service in July 1991, and is a twenty two year veteran of the Force. He has held myriad operational and administrative positions within the Force during his career, most notably of which was his assignment as the Commander of the Homeland Security Division, during which he oversaw the Icon Protection mission in DC and NY. He currently serves as the Commander, Services Division, which entails oversight of the Force's administrative and personnel functions.
Deputy Chief MacLean's role as Acting Chief of Police is effective Friday, December 6, 2013.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Man Accused of Negligent Homicide Arrested

WASHINGTON - Carlos Joel Alonso, 24, of Maryland was presented before a Judge at the District of Columbia Superior Court yesterday on a complaint charging that he left the scene of a crash prior to the arrival responding emergency personnel.

The crash occurred on October 11, 2013, on Memorial Drive and Arlington Memorial Circle. The United States Park Police investigated the crash which revealed negligence of the operator resulting in the fatality of passenger; Katherine Jane Brannon RAHIM who died from injuries sustained in the crash. Alonso who left the scene was found several hours later at Columbia Island Marina.

As a result of the United States Park Police investigation a District of Columbia Superior Court arrest warrant was issued for Carlos Joel Alonso charging him with negligent homicide. On December 3, 2013 Alonso turned himself into a Park Police processing facility and was later presented in court. Alonso surrendered his passport and was released with a preliminary hearing scheduled for December 13, 2013.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What USPP is Thankful for Today


United States Park Police is thankful for the fast action of District 4 Officer A. Belton. Officer Belton responded to a call at 7:36 this morning, S/B Baltimore Washington Pkwy N/O Rt. 197 for a report of a man lying on the side of the road. When he arrived Officer Belton quickly went into action. CPR was performed on the unresponsive individual and was successful. EMS responded and transported the individual to a local hospital for treatment. Officer Belton visited the hospital where testing was underway and non life threatening injuries were reported.

Friday, November 22, 2013

U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers Announces Retirement

U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers announced her retirement to be effective on the date of her 35th anniversary as a sworn police officer. The first female leader of the oldest uniformed federal constabulary, Chief Chambers ends an accomplished and precedent-setting law enforcement career. “It is time for me to accept new challenges,” said Chief Chambers, one of the longest tenured U.S. Park Police Chiefs in memory, who fought a long legal battle that started on December 5, 2003, to win restoration to her position. “It was important that I leave on my terms and at a time of my choosing.” Thirty-five years ago, on December 5, 1978, Chief Chambers was sworn in as a Prince George’s County (Maryland) police officer after serving more than two years as a police cadet. She served with the Prince George's County Police Department for more than twenty years and rose to the rank of major. She then became chief of the Durham Police Department (North Carolina). A graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI’s prestigious National Executive Institute, she also earned a Master’s Degree in applied behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University. In February 2002, following a national search, she was named Chief of the U.S. Park Police, one of the nation’s most complex and high-profile law enforcement jobs. The approximately 600-officer force is responsible for providing the full array of law enforcement services and for safeguarding monuments and other assets in the Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and New York City areas. Among its duties, the U.S. Park Police also provides protection for the President and visiting dignitaries. In additions to a SWAT team, it has a marine and aviation unit, a criminal investigations branch, as well as prominent horse-mounted, K-9, and motorcycle units. Under Chief Chambers’ leadership, the U.S. Park Police handled an array of unique challenges and events, such as – The line-of-duty deaths of Officer Hakim Farthing and Sergeant Michael Boehm; The dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial; The several-month-long Occupy DC demonstrations in the fall of 2011 through early 2012; The 2013 Presidential Inauguration; The San Francisco 2013 America’s Cup races; The reopening of the Statue of Liberty and related screening sites following severe damage from Super Storm Sandy; The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington; The Navy Yard shootings earlier this year; and Numerous monument openings, state funerals, memorials and other high-security events. One of the proudest moments of Chief Chambers’ career occurred earlier this year when she was invited by the Military District of Washington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a privilege usually afforded only to those in the military and visiting foreign dignitaries. Chief Chambers’ tenure was interrupted on December 5, 2003, when, just days after giving an interview with the Washington Post confirming information they already had regarding low staffing levels, her supervisors ordered her stripped of her badge, gun, and police authority. This triggered a protracted legal battle ultimately proving that all actions taken against Chief Chambers were groundless or illegal, culminating in an order restoring her as Chief of the U.S. Park Police. Her fight also earned her the nickname of “The Honest Chief.” “December 5th had always been an important and happy anniversary during the first 25 years of my career,” Chief Chambers added. “That changed in 2003; but this year, when I proudly step away from my police career and into retirement, December 5th will once again be a day of positive reflection and joy.”       Authored by: Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sexual Assault

The United States Park Police is investigating a sexual assault which occurred in the wooded area of Stanton Park, in the 2500 block of Naylor Road S.E. Washington DC, on October 22, 2013, in the early evening hours. In this assault, an adult female victim was accosted on the sidewalk, forced into the wooded area, beaten and sexually assaulted. The victim in this case described her assailant as a black, male wearing dark clothing.

This investigation is ongoing and any information regarding this crime should be forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Branch, Major Crimes Unit at 202-610-8730 Ref: CCN: 13-40490.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Persons of Interest




The United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch is seeking information regarding the individuals in the above photographs. The subjects shown in these photographs are wanted for questioning by the United States Park Police regarding Check Fraud and Receiving Stolen Property. The above individuals were captured entering and exiting Giant Food Stores located in Woodbridge, Virginia and Springfield, Virginia on July 17, 2013 at approximately 7:06 pm and 7:55 pm.

Anyone with information regarding the identity and/or whereabouts of the individuals pictured in the above photographs is asked to call Detective Pettett 202-369-8461 or Criminal Investigations Branch 202-610-8730 or the United States Park Police Anonymous Tip Line 202-610-8737 and reference United States Park Police Case #13-27454.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Vehicle Sought In Connection With Homicide

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August was a busy month for the U.S. Park Police assigned to the Washington D.C. area, we had two special events - the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which was on Saturday August 24 and the 50th anniversary "Let Freedom Ring" Commemoration and Call to Action which was 4 days later on August 28. Extremely large crowds attended each event. On Saturday August 24 the weather was anything but typical for late August in Washington D.C., it was sunny, low 80s , low humidity, and absolutely beautiful! August 28 brought back reality, cloudy, 90, high humidity and on and off showers. The heat was a factor for each event. There were numerous medical calls for heat related illnesses, luckily none too serious.

Both events had entertainment, VIP speakers, celebrities and politicians. The 50th anniversary "Let Freedom Ring" event also, had President Obama and two former Presidents Carter and Clinton participate as well as the King Family and other civil rights representatives. Needless to say security was extremely tight and the U.S. Park Police officers worked long hours, not only on the day of the events, but also the days leading up to the events. The men and women of the U.S. Park police performed their duties tirelessly and with the utmost professionalism, and for those two days were able to witness history in the making.

These events could not have been successfully implemented if it were not for collaborative efforts of the NPS personal, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, United States Secret Service, and the D.C. National Guard along with other state and local agencies that assisted.

These events are a piece of history and is another proud moment for the U.S. Park Police!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Receive July 4th Notifications

To receive 4th of July - related emergency or event notifications from the United States Park Police via text messages, text july4dc to 888777.  This will provide the most up to date notifications concerning any weather, emergency, or event related issues.  Have a great July 4th!

Monday, June 3, 2013

United States Park Police Seeking Information

The United States Park Police Criminal Investigations Branch is seeking information regarding the individuals in the above photograph. On Saturday, January 19, 2013 at approximately 1000 hours, the victim in this case parked in the north parking lot of Carderock Park. The victim later noticed that her purse was missing from the vehicle. There were no obvious signs of forced entry into the vehicle, and no latent fingerprints were recovered. Credit cards and personal checks were taken from the vehicle. The checks were cashed at a drive through teller, Capital One Bank Minstrel Crossing, located in Columbia, Maryland. The photo above was captured at that bank location in Columbia, Maryland. The subjects shown in this photograph, a white male in the driver’s seat, and a white female in the passenger seat, are wanted for questioning regarding the theft from auto, uttering, and identity theft.

If anyone comes in contact with the individual in this photograph, or if anyone recognizes the individual in the above photograph, please document the contact thoroughly and identify the subject, and reference USPP Case #13-00028, and please contact Detective Monique Pettett 202-610-8739 or the USPP Tip Line at 202-610-8737.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Inauguration Nixle Notifications

To receive free emergency alerts and public notifications regarding the Inauguration, text the word "INAUGURATION" to 888777. Text messaging fees may apply according to your cellular plan.