Capitol Police chief says force remains short-staffed

“One thing that we couldn’t sort of solve is the staffing issue,” he said.

Following the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot, Manger said threats against members of Congress had increased “exponentially,” but emergency planning had been improved and Capitol police would benefit greatly from being able to call the DC National Guard directly , a policy change enacted by President Joe Biden.

“The fact,” said Manger, “that we have the authority to call the National Guard, the fact that we have formal procedures in place to obtain additional resources from the area law enforcement agencies is a great improvement, and we believe that this would be the case. “prevents something like January 6th from happening.”

Manger came out of retirement to head the Capitol Police after his last serving as police chief in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland. Gallagher asked about his reactions as a civilian watching the January 6th events.

“When I followed the events on the sixth, very emotional day, alternately just angry, just horrified at the attacks that took place there against the police,” he said.

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