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Probationary DC Officer Fired Over Patrol Vehicle Racing Incident

DC Chief Plans to Shift Focus of Guns Unit

Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III said he wants to focus less on seizing as many firearms as possible and instead intensify efforts on identifying and arresting people who use guns for violence or threats.

March 11, 2021

General's Report on DC Riot Says Capitol Police Need 884 More Officers

General's Report on DC Riot Says Capitol Police Need 884 More Officers

The report says the Capitol Police were "understaffed, insufficiently equipped and inadequately trained" to secure the Capitol and Congress members against the mob on Jan. 6, a 24/7 so a "Quick Reaction Force" (QRF) must be established amid growing security threats to the building.

March 8, 2021

Capitol Police Want 60-Day Extension on National Guard Aid

Capitol Police Vote No Confidence in New Chief

The union said that 92% of its members voted no confidence in acting Chief Yogananda Pittman, who assumed the role two days after the riots. Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said there are leaders within the department that are better suited for leadership.

February 16, 2021

Board Appoints New U.S. Capitol Police Chief

Board Appoints New U.S. Capitol Police Chief

Yogananda Pittman becomes the first woman and first black person to serve in the post. She comes into the position experienced. She led the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

January 13, 2021

DC Mayor Taps Veteran Metro Officer as Next Police Chief

DC Chief Steps Down to Lead Prince William County Police

Washington, DC, Police Chief Peter Newsham is leaving the force to take over the police department in Prince William County, Va., ending a three-decade career in law enforcement in the nation’s capital.

November 25, 2020