US Capitol Police Seeks Money for 212 Additional Officers After January 6 Riots

US Capitol Police Seeks Money for 212 Additional Officers After January 6 Riots

Washington: The Capitol Police Force intends to appoint and train an additional 212 officers to boost security following the January takeover of the Capitol building by violent protesters, Acting Chief Minister Yogananda Pitman told Congress on Wednesday.
“The events of January 6 suggest that the department should adapt its capabilities quickly,” Pittman told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for financing the police. “Significant investment in staffing, training, equipment and information gathering resources will be required to meet the dynamic and ever-changing security challenges, including the increasing threat of domestic terrorism.”
Pitolman said the Capitol Police’s budget request for fiscal year 2022 included money for 212 new sworn officers as well as 47 new civilian positions, such as responsibilities for intelligence collection and technology capabilities.
“The new officers sought in the fiscal 2022 budget request will be in addition to the 229 positions previously authorized by Congress, partly due to the epidemic threshold at federal police training facilities in the states of Georgia and Maryland. Current forces include . Pittman said, 1,843 officers compared to 2072 open positions.
Pittolman said the Capitol Police is planning a massive recruitment effort to stop this gap and expand the force.

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