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May 20, 2015

Watch: Capitol Police Chief Testifies Before House Committee

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine testified Wednesday before the House Administration Committee on security at the U.S. Capitol. Dine’s appearance followed a CQ Roll Call report earlier this month that Capitol Police have, on multiple occasions, left loaded firearms unattended around the Capitol campus.

You can watch the whole hearing below.

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May 13, 2015

Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself

Before there were Capitol Police to protect Congress (and leave their guns stashed in bathrooms), lawmakers tended to their own security — and their own weaponry.

And through much of the first half of the 19th century, whenever political tensions began to run high, guns were likely to appear on the hips of members. Full story

April 11, 2015

MPD Will Lead Capitol Shooting Death Investigation

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., will lead the investigation of the death of a man who shot himself on the West Front of the Capitol on Saturday, according to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Standing behind yellow police tape and in front of about 30 reporters at a 5 p.m. press conference at Pennsylvania Ave. and First Street NW, Dine said a male subject with a backpack and rolling suitcase walked along a public area along the Lower West Terrace at approximately 1:05 p.m. and “engaged in a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

According to Dine and a follow-up advisory from the Capitol Police, the man who turned his weapon on himself was the only shooter, and no other injuries were reported. Law enforcement officers on the scene did not fire their weapons. The department’s bomb squad, with an assist from MPD, didn’t find any hazardous materials in the man’s belongings. Parts of the West Front will likely continue to be closed off until the investigation is completed, according to Capitol Police.

The subject’s identity is being withheld until his next of kin is informed. In addition to the MPD, Capitol Police will be working with the FBI, Secret Service and Park Police in the probe of the event. The subject had a sign with him, which Dine acknowledged was a “social justice” message. “I don’t have the actual language,” he said, but added he would relay as soon as it could be confirmed.

“That’s all we have now,” Dine said.

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Shots Fired at Capitol (Updated)

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators gather near the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Shots have been fired on the West Front of the Capitol in an apparent suicide, Capitol Police confirmed Saturday.

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March 24, 2015

Social Media Policy Stirs Up More Trouble Within Capitol Police Ranks

Use of social media is the subject of a controversial department directive. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Officers’ use of social media is the subject of a controversial department directive. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sharing photos and posts about the scene of the March 7, 2014, crash that landed a silver car in a tree southeast of the Capitol got a few Capitol Police officers into trouble with the department.

Disciplinary action taken against one officer who posted “stupid stuff” got employees curious about what the agency deemed unprofessional when it comes to social media use, according to Jim Konczos, chairman of the Capitol Police Labor Committee’s executive board. So the union asked department leadership to clarify. Nearly a year later, Chief Kim C. Dine has issued strict new guidelines on how employees can use Facebook, participate in online forums and comment on news sites, both on and off the clock. Full story

February 4, 2015

Capitol Police Drug Bust Goes Bust

Charges may be refiled agains suspect arrested in a Dec. 23  drug bust. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Charges may be refiled against a suspect arrested in a Dec. 23 drug bust. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A New York man arrested on Dec. 23 in one of the biggest drug busts in recent Capitol Police history had his case dismissed in January, when the government failed to produce a witness.

Police found 60 blue oxycodone pills, along with drug paraphernalia and cash, during a search-and-arrest initiated two days before Christmas — in broad daylight on an empty Capitol campus — when the man drove up to the South Barricade in a gray Honda Civic. Dennis A. Silva, 25, was charged with possession with intent to distribute what appeared to be prescription narcotics, a felony punishable with up to 30 years in prison. Full story

January 20, 2015

(Don’t) Put Another Log on the Fire for SOTU

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address Tuesday, no one will be cozying up to a fireplace in the Capitol to listen to the speech.

One element of a multi-faceted security process involves closing down the Capitol fireplaces to avoid the smell of smoke, which would presumably cause alarm, during the president’s speech. Workers were spotted taking away firewood Tuesday and notices were posted explaining the fire’s absence. Full story

November 14, 2014

22 Officers Join the Capitol Police

The U.S. Capitol Police Recruit Officer Class 177 is sworn in during a ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The U.S. Capitol Police Recruit Officer Class 177 is sworn in during a ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The United States Capitol Police welcomed 22 new officers to its force Friday morning at the swearing-in ceremony for Recruit Officer Class 177.

“The men and women you see before you today are joining a unique organization with a unique mission to protect Congress, its legislative processes, members, employees, visitors, and facilities from crime, disruption or terrorism,” Daniel B. Malloy, assistant chief of police and chief operating officer, told the recruits, their families and friends gathered at the ceremony in the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

Malloy detailed the sizable tasks ahead for the new officers, pointing out the Capitol Police screened more than 9.8 million visitors to the Capitol grounds last year alone, along with 150,000 vehicle sweeps on campus and 27,000 sweeps off campus.

“I can’t wait to put what I learned in training to use,” new officer Zachary Madera, the recruit class’ president, said after the ceremony.

Madera, 22, from Grand Hill, Mass., has been interested in law enforcement from a young age. His father is a corrections officer and his uncle is a police officer, but Madera wanted to join the Capitol Police after learning about the opportunities for mobility.

While interning for the U.S. Marshals in D.C. as a student at Westfield State University, a Capitol Police officer came to speak to the interns about the force.

“He said he loved it because you constantly keep moving, you stay busy,” said Madera. “From that point on, I already knew I was going to apply when I was old enough … I got really lucky. I left [college] a week before I graduated — my professors all let me take the finals early — and next thing you know I’m sweating in Georgia.”

Recruit classes prepare for the force in Maryland and Georgia, undergoing grueling physical training and academic testing.

The 22 officers, ranging in age from 22 to 30, were able to relive part of their training during the swearing-in ceremony. After they took their oaths and received their pins and diplomas, the Training Services Bureau showed a video of highlights from camp.

With dramatic music playing, the officers saw themselves back at training camp and wearing black t-shirts with their motto, “Until the end, we will defend,” participating in firearm, active shooter, security screening, and geography training, which involved detailing the Capitol campus in chalk on black asphalt.

Now the new officers will be able to put their learned skills to the test. For the next four to five weeks they will participate in the Field Training Officer program, where they will rotate between the various departments. After FTO, they will receive their first assignment.

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July 23, 2014

Capitol Police Stop Another Gun From Entering Cannon Building (Updated)

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 12:25 p.m. | Capitol Police confiscated a 9mm Ruger handgun from the bag of Camden, S.C., resident Ronald William Prestage shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning at the Cannon House Office Building. Prestage, 59, was arrested and charged with carrying a pistol without a license, a District of Columbia offense that carries up to five years in prison.

Records indicate he has a concealed carry permit in South Carolina. Prestage is a veterinarian and farm operator, and is president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council. He may have been on the Hill to lobby on agriculture issues.

Two officers escorted Prestage from the building in handcuffs around 9:35 a.m., and loaded him into a waiting police van. He did not respond to questions from CQ Roll Call.

Prestage was taken to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, according to department spokesman Shennell Antrobus.

The northeast Cannon door reopened around 9:50 a.m.

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July 9, 2014

Embezzlement Charges Against Capitol Police Officer Stir Up Criticism of Department Hiring

A guilty plea to embezzlement charges from the head of the Capitol Police’s Office of Diversity provoked U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Richard J. Leon to exclaim, “I’ve never seen anything like this in my 12 years here.”

Leon rejected Diversity Officer Deborah K. Lewis’ planned misdemeanor guilty plea on allegations that she stole public funds while employed at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He called federal prosecutors’ claims that she embezzled more than $1,000 a crime that was “on its face a felony,” and instructed her attorneys to come up with another strategy.

To the rank-and-file officers of the Capitol Police, the case that stunned the judge is an all too familiar example of questionable hiring choices for civilian jobs in the department’s administrative division. They count an attorney who was disbarred for dishonesty and misrepresentation before being hired by the department, and a current contract worker who was fired from the D.C. government as part of a nepotism investigation, as among the Capitol Police’s most contentious employment decisions. Full story

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