The Capitol Police union on Monday approved a series of security enhancements recommended by the retired Lieutenant General Russell L. Honoré in response to the January 6 attack on the Capitol for emergencies and considerations of options for different types of security fences around the Complex.
“I look forward to reviewing Lieutenant General Honoré’s full recommendations as they are made available,” said Gus Papathanasiou, union chairman, in a statement. “The fact that we were understaffed wasn’t a secret.”
The spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi tapped General Honoré to conduct the security clearance after the mob attack. One person familiar with his recommendations said they hired 1,000 new officials to help keep Congressmen safe. General Honoré is also calling for more fences for the Capitol, although it may not be permanent, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conclusions were not final.
There are more than 200 vacancies with the Capitol Police.
General Honoré would also like to set up a rapid response team, which will most likely include National Guard troops, to assist the Capitol Police in any future emergencies.
“One of the biggest challenges on January 6th is that we didn’t have a fixed scope that we could easily defend,” said Papathanasiou. “The bike racks that were set up did not stop anyone, and they were actually used by the insurgents as weapons against the officers.”
Mr Papathanasiou said the agency needed a firm limit for future protests. “Whether it is a permanent or a temporary fence that can be deployed quickly is up for discussion,” he said. “However, we definitely need a solution so that January 6th never happens again.”
General Honoré, the received widespread applause for its response to Hurricane Katrinahas been arguing for the past few weeks with Republican Senator Josh Hawley from Missouri, who has received widespread criticism for objecting to America’s elections, which helped clear former President Donald J. Trump’s false claims about widespread electoral fraud to promote.
General Honoré wrote on Twitter on January 11th that Mr. Hawley “should be out of DC and disbarred as soon as possible.” This tweet was later deleted.