Capitol Police union douses private security proposal

In a television interview on Sunday morning, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger made a proposal to deploy contract security officers at some “secondary” posts, such as garages, which Capitol Police officials believed did not require armed Capitol police officers.

“We think that if we are able to deploy contract security personnel to some of these posts, a number of sworn police officers will be laid off and we can deploy them where they are needed and where we actually need an armed Capitol police officer . “He said on Sunday on Fox News.

ONE Job offer, which was released on Sunday, encourages applicants to apply to Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. for the “exciting role of an unarmed security officer” for the Capitol Police.

Responsibilities listed include many of the tasks assigned to current armed Capitol Police officers: “Access Control,” “Process Visitors to Enter a Facility,” “Perform Inspections and Controls,” “Patrol and Respond to Calls,” ” Traffic management ”,“ Monitoring and operation of safety and security systems ”and“ Reporting incidents and preparing reports on incidents ”. Pay starts at $ 24 an hour with an additional $ 4.23 an hour for Health and Welfare.

By comparison, a Capitol Police private earns about $ 64,815 annually. by department, or about $ 31.16 an hour. On his website, Inter-Con says it worked with the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Energy, Justice and Defense and worked on the security of more than 100 US and foreign diplomatic missions in “high risk environments such as civil war, antitrust, epidemics and terrorist attacks”.

The department is currently facing a staff shortage as 135 officers have resigned or retired since Jan. 6, though Capitol Police stress that not all of the departures are related to the attack. Officials plan to hire 280 officials this year – including in Recruiting events held just one day after the one year anniversary of January 6th.

Manger told POLITICO in a recent interview that the department is “probably 400 officers from where we should be”.

Congress seized millions of dollars in an emergency package in July for the Capitol Police, including funding to keep officials and plug security loopholes around the complex. However, Progress on a broader package, including a funding increase for the Capitol Police, has remained elusive.

Papathanasiou noted in his statement on Monday that retired General Russell Honoré, who was conducting a security review of Congress, recommended that Congress fund hundreds more officers. He also said he was concerned that too few officials were able to respond to the rapidly growing threats to the Capitol or individual senators or officials. According to recently released statistic Manger recently released, an estimated 9,000 threat investigations are expected to be conducted in 2021, compared to just 902 in 2016.

“We have never seen such a threatening environment and given the deep divisions in this country, this could very well be our new normal,” said Papathanasiou in the one-year anniversary statement on January 6th Thursday.

The union leader also noted that US Capitol Inspector General Michael Bolton told Congress in December that fewer than a third of Bolton’s 104 recommendations to increase security in the Capitol had been fully implemented. Bolton warned of major deficits in training, education and deployment planning.

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