The United States Marshals Services' Management of the Justice Prisoner
and Alien Transportation System

Audit Report 07-01
October 2006
Office of the Inspector General

Appendix X
JPATS Safety Philosophy

  United States Department of Justice
United States Marshals Service

Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System
250 Richards Rd., Suite 250
Kansas City, MO 64116

To:   All JPATS Managers, Supervisors, and Employees


As an employee of the Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System (JPATS), we automatically accept a moral obligation to the public, our fellow employees, our families, and an economic obligation to JPATS and the Federal Government to ensure that operations under our custody and control are carried out in a safe, efficient manner.

Safety is not only an organizational imperative but an individual responsibility. It can not exist solely in organizational doctrine. Rather, it must become an attitude for each of us. To be effective, safety must exist in our thinking, planning, and organizational culture. After an accident occurs, it is too late to prevent it. We must accept that working in an unsafe manner or in an unsafe environment is always counterproductive. Our responsibility for working safely is essential to every mission and task.

Cooperation, teamwork, and a positive attitude toward safety issues are integral in helping us discharge our mutual responsibilities. The following commitments will cultivate a strong, responsive safety culture:

  • No prisoner, alien, or passenger is so important, no cargo so sensitive, or mission so critical that it cannot be accomplished in a safe, efficient manner with a minimum of risk.

  • The tempo of air operations shall never justify deviating from established operational standards, or procedures. (National Security/Emergency excepted)

  • Supervisors and managers have the responsibility to ensure their employees follow safe work practices and the authority to provide them a clean, safe, and supportive work environment.

  • We must all exhibit compliance with established safety regulations and guidelines.

  • We are all empowered to sustain an aviation environment free of incidents, accidents, personal injuries, property damage, and adverse media exposure.

  • We must all be assertive in developing a mutually supportive behavior for safety awareness and an understanding of the consequences of unsafe practices, behaviors or attitudes.

  • We must all remain vigilant for risks and hazards and accept our responsibility for supporting this safety program and the Aviation Safety Officer.

  • I will ensure that all the resources necessary to develop and sustain an incident and accident-free, pro-active safety culture in JPATS are provided.

[signed]   4/25/02
Kenneth L. Pekarek
Assistant Director For JPATS



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