New Parliamentary attack reveals ongoing security gap, depleted police force

Law enforcement response to Friday for most accounts Vehicle attack at Parliament building It was quick.

Within minutes of the initial report of the shooting, local and federal officers flocked to the scene.

A US park police helicopter floated north of the Capitol in a dramatic power show.

Still, when the recent raid was finally repelled and one police officer and a 25-year-old suspect died, a well-known, increasingly obvious question about the preparation of traumatic US Capitol police was asked. The remaining.

Laundry list of needs revealed in a recent review of the post-attack department on January 6-A crowd of supporters of then-President Donald Trump attacked the Capitol, killing USCP officer Brian Sicknick, Injured nearly 140 other officers-enhanced by a call to fill more than 200 vacant seats in a pant squad that requires more than hundreds, along with an improved training program and intelligence gathering system.

The search for a permanent military leader continues, but Congress said some lawmakers weren’t moving with the urgency needed to strengthen the defense of the Capitol, during retired Russell Honore. It has not yet responded to the drastic security recommendations submitted by the general last month. , Declares that America’s democratic position remains a vulnerable target.

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“They have to realize that the Capitol isn’t just a target. It’s always a target,” Honore told USA Today on Saturday. “The Capitol is the center of power in this country and is a target because it needs to be protected like Fort Knox’s gold.

“That’s the message we have to convey to lawmakers. We can’t wait for Jesus to fix this,” he said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Has ordered Honore to lead a security review. However, lawmakers continue to discuss recommended upgrades to balance the interest in keeping the Capitol campus open to the public and increased security.

The 15-page report recommended hiring more than 854 Capitol police officers with the power of about 2,000 to reduce tremendous overtime while strengthening government information analysis capabilities. .. He also emphasized the need for training for future demonstrations.

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“This is a stressed sector, running on the facilities and resources of the last century,” Honore said on Saturday. “They need resources.”

Rep. Tim Ryan, chairman of the Expenditure Subcommittee, which decides to spend on the Capitol, told reporters on Friday that he would like to add nearly 1,000 Parliamentary police officers. But he said security had to be revisited after the latest attacks and the decision had to be bipartisan.

“I think everything will be reassessed from today onwards,” Ryan said. “This is about the security of the Capitol, the temple of democracy. We need to make sure it is safe.”

Another recommendation from the Honore Task Force was to create a swift reactionary force of the National Guard to stay permanently for a quicker response to emergencies such as the January 6 riots. More than 2,200 troops are stationed in the Capitol, but some lawmakers have questioned this.

On Friday, Deputy Chief of Parliament Police, Yogananda Pittman, pointed out that the guards continue to be a welcome asset for current security forces.

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“We are very grateful for the National Guard partnership,” said Pittman. “There are National Guards on campus, but the security situation at this point remains the same.”

The Task Force’s recommendations envisioned that the National Guard would supplement the tense Parliamentary Police and take turns under DC National Guard for three to six months to respond quickly.

“Another option is to create a permanent resident QRF within the DC Guard by rebuilding the gendarmerie battalion and placing active guard reserves in or near the city all year round. “The report states. ..

However, key lawmakers are resisting the National Guard’s permanent mission. Top Republicans on the Senate’s five committees questioned the legitimacy of having 2,280 National Guards stationed in the Capitol until May 23, and security is “disproportionate to the information available.” Suggested.

Senator Jim Inhof of Oklahoma, a top Republican member of the Armed Services Commission, was “outrageous” earlier this month because it was not their mission to have troops stationed in the Capitol for another two months. Said.

Standing next to Yogananda Pittman, Deputy Capitol Police Chief on the left, and Monique Moore on the right, he was promoted as the first two African-American women to be ranked Capitol Capitol Police in 2012. did.

Standing next to Yogananda Pittman, Deputy Capitol Police Chief on the left, and Monique Moore on the right, he was promoted as the first two African-American women to be ranked Capitol Capitol Police in 2012. did.

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party, told reporters on March 10 and January 6 that security had become “overkill.”

“Do you need to change?” McConnell asked. “We probably do, but I think we continue to overreact based on the current threat level of what is needed here in the Capitol. Our democratic beacon bites. Surrounded by wires and National Guard seems terrible. “

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y. Said Saturday that the attack on parliamentary police officers increased the need to tackle security in a comprehensive manner.

“The Senate has already conducted a bipartisan and extensive review to make the Capitol as secure as possible while still accessible to the general public,” Schumer said. “We are committed to ensuring that the Capitol is safe for our visitors and everyone who works here.”

Senator Jack Read, DR.I. Said on Saturday that the focus should be on police who were lost, injured and affected.

“We have time to investigate security issues related to staffing, but now we are focusing on helping officers and their families,” said the Capitol’s police spending decision and military service. Reed, who chairs the Budget Allocation Subcommittee, said. Committee.

Former Parliamentary police chief Terence Gainer, who served as Honore’s task force, said officials “want to see behavior and changes that should grow from January 6th.”

“I hope they don’t forget that they need to act on all the recommendations,” Gainer said.

Recent attacks and the resulting losses also struck a personal chord with the former chief.

Gainer led the division when Officer William Evans, who was killed in the assault on Friday, began his career 18 years ago.

“My interaction with him was always positive and welcoming. He always had this big smile on his face,” Gainer said. 6 responses.

“Many executives suffer from guilt and trauma,” Gainer said.

This article was originally published in USA TODAY: The new Parliamentary attack highlights security gaps.Congress urged action