Six Months After Jan. 6 Capitol Police Says They Are Working “24/7” To Change Agency

Six months after the deadly January 6 riot at the United States Capitol, United States Capitol Police (USCP) highlight their work to support officers, strengthen security around the Capitol complex and look to an intelligence-based protection agency.

The big picture: In the six months since the riot, the ministry has implemented sweeping changes, as it continues to work with federal law enforcement to locate those implicated in the attack. So far, more than 500 people have been indicted, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote on Tuesday.

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What she says: “We pay tribute to all the brave men and women who, against all odds, faced a violent crowd that day and protected our elected leaders and everyone in the Capitol complex,” Pittman wrote.

Between the lines: Pittman said the USCP “has been working tirelessly with our stakeholders in Congress” to implement changes since January 6, including …

  • Implement wellness services for agents, including working with trauma counselors, offering spiritual support services, developing a peer support program, and working with groups specializing in the management of psychological trauma and stress, among other areas.

  • Strengthen the security of members of Congress who reside outside the DC area. The Department is also opening field offices in California and Florida to investigate threats against members of Congress.

  • The department added joint training with the National Guard, riot training, and shoot and no shoot scenarios.

  • The USCP is working with Congressional Oversight and the Capitol Police Board to gain the power to immediately seek National Guard assistance if needed, without having to wait for council approval.

Go further: More than 70 officers have left the United States Capitol Police since the January 6 riot

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