Capitol Police seek increased presence outside D.C. to handle threats

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The U.S. Capitol Police want to increase the number of field offices they have around the country to investigate threats to members of Congress, and they also want more funding to beef up cooperation with local police departments, the agency’s chief said Tuesday, a day after a man with a baseball bat attacked staff members of Rep. Gerald E. Connolly in the Democrat’s Fairfax City, Va., district office.

Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger also said his department needed to add more officers to its dignitary protection division, which he said is currently 30 percent short of full staffing. The Capitol Police received greatly increased funding after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, but most of that has been spent on hiring officers and buying equipment for protection of the main Capitol campus, not for members’ security away from Washington, Manger said.

Citing not only the attack on Connolly’s office but also the recent hammer attack on the…

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