Capitol Police chief warns of severe staffing shortage on eve of Jan. 6 anniversary

Capitol Police chief warns of severe staffing shortage on eve of Jan. 6 anniversary


US Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger warned lawmakers Wednesday that his force is approximately 450 officers short of the number it needs to be considered fully staffed.

Manger testified before the Senate Rules Committee ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot by Trump supporters, which the chief said “exposed critical departmental failures and deficiencies with operational planning, intelligence, staffing, training and equipment.”

Manger also told senators that the department intends to hire 280 officers in each of the next three years in order to “get us ahead of attrition and my hope is that will get us to where we need to be in terms of staffing.”

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“Over the past year, 153 officers either retired or resigned from the

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