Lofgren Statement Regarding Capitol Police Board Report on Security Improvements to the Capitol Complex Post-January 6
San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren issued the below statement today following a briefing by the Capitol Police Board on security improvements to the Capitol Complex in the year since the January 6, 2021 attack
“January 6 was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. A violent, insurrectionist mob, incited and encouraged by Former President Trump, attacked the seat of American democracy. Police officers lost their lives as a result of that horrific attack. Scores more – not just from the Capitol Police, but other responding agencies – suffered grievous injuries. We are indebted to the men and women who fought for hours on end, ill-equipped and outnumbered, to protect us that day. Because of their bravery, the Congress returned to work, fulfilled its Constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential election, and not a single Member, or staffer, was physically harmed in the attack.
“Since the attack, it came to light there were institutional shortcomings and substantial deficiencies within the United States Capitol Police Department that needed be addressed. The Committee on House Administration, which I chair, held five oversight hearings on issues in its jurisdiction related to January 6 which revealed detailed and disturbing problems. Working with the Capitol Police Board, our shared goal in the past year has been to make certain the Capitol Police Department has the leadership, training, equipment, and support needed to be safe and prepared.
“To that end, I am pleased the Capitol Police Board is today reporting they are working diligently to close or address the remaining recommendations issued by the Capitol Police Inspector General. The Department has developed or implemented significant strategic, tactical, and operational improvements to every Bureau, most notably in operational planning and interagency coordination, intelligence gathering and assessment, training and equipment, Civil Disturbance Unit enhancements, and incident command.
“Certainly, more work remains to be done, and further refinements and improvements to the Department’s operations must be made. However, these important, and necessary, changes to the Department as an institution do not diminish the courage and valor of the men and women who bravely fought to defend us on January 6. Institutional failures did not cause the violent attack on our Capitol and our democracy. I look forward to the Capitol Police Board’s continued commitment and progress towards making the Capitol Police Department stronger and more effective. Doing so ensures the Congress can continue its work on behalf of the American people.”
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