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Law Enforcement: Federal Agencies Should Improve Reporting and Review of Less-Lethal Force

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Agency Recommendation Status
United States Park Police The Chief of USPP should develop specific reporting requirements on the types of information that must be provided for each use of force incident, such as the type of munition. (Recommendation 7)
Open

In March 2022, Department of the Interior officials stated that the National Park Service, which includes the U.S. Park Police, will update internal policies and procedures for reviewing less-lethal force incidents to determine if the force was used in accordance with agency policy. The Department anticipates these efforts to be completed by December 2022. We will continue to request updates from the department as it takes these actions.

Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

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Agency Recommendation Status
United States Park Police The Chief of the U.S. Park Police should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 15)
Open – Partially Addressed

In March 2022, U.S. Park Police issued an interim policy requiring employees to report the use of facial recognition technology owned by non-federal agencies to the Commander of Criminal Investigations. However, the policy was temporary in nature and did not acknowledge the use of commercial facial recognition systems, as required by the recommendation. Officials told us that U.S. Park Police will finalize a permanent policy by March 31, 2023, and that will include all non-federal facial recognition systems, including commercial systems. As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open.

United States Park Police The Chief of the U.S. Park Police should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 16)
Open

In March 2022, U.S. Park Police issued an interim policy requiring employees to report the use of facial recognition technology owned by non-federal agencies to the Commander of Criminal Investigations. However, the policy was temporary in nature and did not acknowledge the use of commercial facial recognition systems, as required by the recommendation. Officials told us that U.S. Park Police will finalize a permanent policy by March 31, 2023, and that will include all non-federal facial recognition systems, including commercial systems. We will continue to work with the U.S. Park Police to

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