The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Before Coming to the Beach You Should Know
alluded to this in my earlier blog that I was going to put the nudity laws here
on hold until a later time and that time is now since it was my second week in
law enforcement. First the weekly update is upon us, I started my week the day
before the fourth of July and it was spent preparing for what was expected to
be a busy next day. We also caught two individuals with a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. The fourth for me was a busy day, which I will be talking
about in a separate blog that will be released shortly after this one. Tuesday
was a rainy day which allowed me to experience the report writing system IMARS
while assisting an officer write a report about a controlled substance case.
Wednesday is when I had experience with the laws on nudity when dealing with
more than one group who thought nudity was still allowed on the beaches of the
seashore. Thursday was a day at the range helping the rangers sight in their
rifles, most of my day spent looking down range with a spotting scope.
Sign from the Ranger Station Office
are old signs in the maintenance buildings which have a warning on them that
the beach is a clothing optional beach. Those were hung at all the entrances to
the beaches before hurricane sandy came and demolished the island and the dunes
around the beaches. Before the hurricane people could sunbathe nude, this
meaning that they could not leave their area without at least bottoms. For a
while the park had tried to push for clothing required beaches but couldn’t get
the law to pass due to the public backing the clothing optional beach. When hurricane
sandy came she destroyed the 40 plus foot tall sand dunes which protected the
public who didn’t want to see the nude sunbathers. This helped pass the law
making all the beaches within the seashore clothing required beaches. There was
and have continued to be people and groups of people who do not agree with the
law and try to fight it by still going nude. At this point the officers are
still trying to educate the public who have not been spoken to before, and for
those who have already been educated about the law they give them a citation. One
main problem associated with the law is the vandalism to the sign which say
clothing required along with people stealing the signs. This leads to people
not knowing that the beaches are clothing required, which is why the rangers
are still educating the public. Until the people of the island realize that the
laws will not change just from them taking the signs down the rangers will have
to keep educating and writing citations.
the best way to describe the nudity laws and why they had to change after
hurricane sandy. Week 7 will be with Maintenance.