Six months after a pro-Trump mob raped the United States Capitol to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the 46th President of the United States, Capitol Police announced departmental changes in training services , communication, security and well-being.
Six months after a pro-Trump mob raped the United States Capitol in an attempt to prevent Joe Biden from being certified as the 46th President of the United States, U.S. Capitol Police Announce Departmental Changes training, communication, security and welfare services.
Among the improvements announced by the Capitol Police on Tuesday is an expanded welfare service program for officers. USCP brings in psychological trauma and stress specialists, offers spiritual support services, and develops a peer support team. There are also two new support dogs for the Capitol Police – Lila and Filip.
Changes to training protocols will include “joint training with the National Guard, riot training, shoot / do not shoot scenarios and less than lethal exercises,” the press release said. “The Department is also increasing its use of force, tactics, equipment, leadership and incident command training.
In addition, the USCP will strengthen its protections for members of Congress outside the Capitol grounds. Regional field offices will open in California and Florida, and possibly other locations in the future, to investigate threats against members of Congress.
Efforts to better protect officers have also been stepped up. More helmets, shields, batons and ammunition have been ordered, while the Department of Defense is lending surveillance technology to Capitol Police to help detect and monitor threatening activity on the ground.
The USCP also developed a critical incident response plan, which would allow local, state and federal authorities to assist in an emergency. They also seek National Guard assistance without council approval in emergency situations.
It also recently launched a new recruiting effort, which includes using its social media and traditional media platforms.
According to the press release, the USCP is working on better communication and intelligence sharing with officers, law enforcement partners, the intelligence community and congressional stakeholders.
Two Capitol Hill police officers, Brian Sicknick and Howie Liebengood, died in the January 6 uprising and around 150 officers were injured that day.
The Department of Justice has called the criminal investigation into what happened six months ago one of the largest in U.S. history. More than 500 people have been arrested for their involvement.
“We pay tribute to all the courageous men and women who, against all odds, faced a violent crowd that day and protected our elected leaders and all who were in the Capitol complex,” the chief said on Tuesday by USCP interim Yogananda Pittman in a statement. “We will never forget their bravery and will continue to work in their honor.”