Lofgren Statement on Latest U.S. Capitol Police Flash Reports

Sep 1, 2021
Press Release

San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) issued the following statement today upon receiving and reviewing U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael A. Bolton’s sixth flash report with preliminary findings and recommendations related to the January 6 violent attack on the United States Capitol.

Summaries and recommendations are linked below.

“The latest flash reports from the United States Capitol Police Inspector General reveal more information about the severity of the threat to the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and institutional shortcomings within the Department that must be addressed.

“One flash report by the Inspector General identified substantial deficiencies pertaining to the Department’s Command and Coordination Bureau.  That report included interviews with 36 officers, which detail command and control failures related to information sharing, chain of command directions, communication, preparedness, training, leadership development, emergency response procedures, and law enforcement coordination.

“A second flash report, focused on the K-9 and Hazardous Incident Response Divisions, found that flaws in the Department’s operations, personnel, training, and equipment led to a lack of accountability and coordination that hindered responding units’ ability to successfully complete their mission.

“It is important to reiterate that institutional failures did not cause the violent attack on our Capitol and our democracy, and they do not detract from the courage of the brave officers who responded to it.  Supporting the brave men and women of the Capitol Police who fought to defend us on January 6 and making the Capitol Police Department stronger and more effective remains a top priority.”

View the executive summary and recommendations for the flash report related to the Command and Coordination Bureau.

View the executive summary and recommendations for the flash report related to the Hazardous Incident Response Division and K-9 Unit.

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Congress Number: 
117th Congress