ICOP Digital, a company engaged in advancing digital surveillance solutions, announced the Gettysburg National Park Service (NPS) and Pinnacles NPS recently purchased the ICOP Model 20/20-W digital in-car video systems.
ICOP currently has 21 National Park Service customers throughout the U.S. The systems are being installed in law enforcement vehicles to help secure the national parklands. The NPS will invest US$750 million in nearly 800 projects to stimulate the economy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, according to the NPS Web site.
The NPS manages approximately 84.6 million acres throughout the U.S. It employs about 1,500 full-time law enforcement Park Rangers and 500 seasonal law enforcement Park Rangers nationwide, according to the US Department of the Interior. In 2008 the National Park Services reported 435,794,319 recreation and non-recreation visits nationwide, making public safety a significant part of daily operations.
The 2010 Budget for the US Department of the Interior, the agency that manages the NPS, includes $12 billion for the DOI to undertake initiatives to protect and preserve America's national parks and public lands and includes a $100 million increase in park operations to protect the investments made through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
A June NPS article titled “Perilous Parkland: Homeland Security and the National Parks” noted, “Protecting national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Gettysburg, and the Statue of Liberty for future generations has been the No. 1 priority of the National Park Service since its inception.”
“Over the past year, rangers have seized illegal drugs at several parks,” said the NPS article. “The Department of Homeland Security identified other sites within the park system as potential terrorist targets for their symbolic value, forcing the Park Service to reallocate existing resources to beef up security.”
“We are seeing significant activity in this, yet another market ideally suited to the ICOP Model 20/20-W, and we are proud to be a part of the solution that helps to secure our nation's parklands,” said Dave Owen, Chairman and CEO of ICOP.