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Data released in June has shown that violence against public rangers is rising.
Last year the National Park Service reported 35 violent incidents against rangers and 100 against Park Police officers, an increase of 31 and 70 respectively, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
Ian Glick, president of the Park Police Fraternal Order of Police, theorized that fewer officers makes these incidents more likely, and therefore staff cuts due to sequestration will mean more incidents this year.
PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said that the data demonstrates that as agency budgets suffer under sequestration violence is more common. "The one certainty is that these agencies will have less support to cope with increasing demands in the year ahead," he said.
View the PEER Employee Violence Report 1995-2012 below: