A review of security at the U.S. Capitol commissioned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 incursion concluded that the Capitol Police force is “understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained.” It recommended an increase in staff of more than 850 officers and other major investments. One would not know from reading the report that the agency is already one of the largest and best-funded police departments in the country. With a budget of more than $460 million and 2,300 employees, it is roughly equivalent to the police forces of cities such as Atlanta. It is charged with guarding two square miles.
Editorial: Was it really a lack of resources that led to the failures of Jan. 6?
March 10, 2021