The U.S. Capitol Police will form field offices in two states to investigate threats to congressional members amid other heightened security initiatives after the Jan. 6 riot in Washington, D.C.
The first two offices will be located in California and Florida as part of the USCP’s initiative of “enhanced security for Members of Congress outside” the nation’s capital, the department said Tuesday. Future field office locations will be added.
“Throughout the last six months, the United States Capitol Police has been working around the clock with our Congressional stakeholders to support our officers, enhance security around the Capitol Complex, and pivot towards an intelligence-based protective agency,” acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in a press release Tuesday.
Threats against members of Congress more than doubled in May and have increased 107% since 2020, according to Capitol Police. As a result of increased threats, more lawmakers have amplified pressure for personal protection in Washington and in their respective districts.
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