The US Park Police has named Pamela Smith as the first black female chief

The US Park Police on Thursday named Pamela Smith its new chief – the first black woman to head the 230-year-old agency.

Smith, a 23-year veteran of the force, will begin his new role on Sunday.

She announced in a statement that her first priorities would be to install body-worn cameras for the entire Park police force.

“Body-wear cameras are good for the public and good for our officers, which is why I’m prioritizing implementing the body-wear camera program within my first 90 days,” Smith said.

The program will kick off in San Francisco before it spreads across the country by the end of the year.

“This is one of the many steps we must take to maintain trust and credibility with the public,” Smith said.

The US Park Police oversees national parks and federal property, including the National Mall.

With post wires

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