Clarification of 2009 Law Enforcement Report Statistics
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111 Ext. 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today a clarification of the law enforcement statistics contained in the 2009 Off-Road Vehicle Law Enforcement Management Actions and Activities report that was released on February 2, 2010.
Because of the Court’s and stakeholders’ interest in the effectiveness of law enforcement activities at the Seashore, National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement staff compiled a report that summarizes law enforcement activities for 2009. The charts and tables on pages 6-10 of the report provide the total numbers of violator contacts for all law enforcement activities throughout the Seashore, and not just for violations committed by off-road vehicle (ORV) users. The law enforcement staff does not keep separate statistics for violations by user group. For example, on page 6 of the report, there were a total of 98 “Entering Resource Closure” violator contacts in 2009; however, the number does not differentiate between the number of violations committed by ORV users or pedestrians.
This is the first year that the National Park Service (NPS) has provided an annual law enforcement summary to the Court, along with reports required by the Consent Decree. “We appreciate the feedback we received that the scope of the law enforcement statistics may be unclear,” said Superintendent Murray. “We will add a clarification to the report posted on the NPS PEPC website.”
For more information, contact 252-473-2111, ext. 148.
Did You Know?
Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.