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Capitol Police Chief Pledges to Strengthen Security
J. Thomas Manger, the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, told the Senate Rules Committee that the agency would put in place more than 100 recommendations for improvement made by its inspector general in the wake of the Capitol attack.
The events of Jan. 6 did expose critical departmental failures and deficiencies with operational planning, intelligence, staffing, training and equipment. I’m pleased to report that we have addressed a significant portion of the many recommendations issued to the department. In fact, of the more than 100 recommendations issued by the inspector general, we have implemented and are addressing over 90 of them. Today, I’m confident that the U.S. Capitol Police Department has made significant progress addressing the deficiencies that impacted the department’s response on Jan. 6. And while more work remains to be done, the men and women of the Capitol Police stand ready to fulfill their mission each and every day. Any officer that would be deployed as a C.D.U. officer now would have all their equipment. It might, might, might not be new equipment, but they will — they will not come out there without everything they need. We are sharing information better. We are assigning responsibilities. People know what their responsibilities are and we have backups to each one of the different commanders. So the blueprint that has been created has — we’ve used it many times since the 6th, and we’re very confident that it gives us everything we need to ensure that the planning that we do, the sharing of information and that everybody on the department understands what their responsibilities are. We intend to hire over 280 police officers in this fiscal year. In a normal year, we would hire less than half of that. But because we want to get ahead of attrition, attrition that has increased over the last year, we’re going to hire 280 officers this year. Our intent is to hire 280 police officers for the next three years. That will get us head of attrition, and my hope is that will get us to where we need to be in terms of staffing. Shorter-term strategies are to look at hiring to re-employ annuitants, hiring or allowing for lateral transfers, lateral hires from other agencies and then also looking at contract security officers that can assist at particular locations where we don’t really need an armed Capitol Police officer.
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