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Report on Capitol security outlines operational, manpower issues

Retired Army Lt. Gen Russel Honoré released a draft report on the failure of security at the US Capitol on January 6th which led to domestic terrorists invading the building, interrupting the certification of Electoral College votes, citing a lack of manpower and a complicated command structure to obtain reinforcements as two key improvements for Capitol security.

As the Washington Post reports, Honoré recommends bring on nearly 1,100 new personnel–854 new officers and staff, and 233 to fill open positions–along with a dedicating more than 400 of those new staff to specialized operations, such as intelligence gathering, operational planning and protection of dignitaries.  Another 350 will be hired to ease the overtime stresses on the Capitol Police.

Honoré noted two areas in which the operations of the Capitol Police can improve:  to train their officers better and to provide authority for the head of the agency to call in reinforcements directly instead of having to get approval from a board.  This includes the ability to be able to request help from the National Guard directly.

To protect members and dignitaries, Honoré suggested developing a personal protection service to work with members of Congress both on the Capitol campus and at their home offices.  He also suggested developing more training for bomb-sniffing dogs on campus and a revival of a mounted police force.

From an infrastructure standpoint, the report suggests the installation of retractable fencing around the Capitol that can be deployed quickly to limit access to the grounds.  The draft is not the final list of suggestions, and it can be reasonably assumed that additional measures will be in the final report.

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