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September 22, 2015

Pope Visit Comes During Tumultuous Time for Capitol Police


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Critics of the chief called for an immediate change in leadership. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police is just one of the scores of agencies coordinating a massive security strategy for Pope Francis’ visit to U.S. soil, but its approximately 1,700 sworn officers and 300 civilian staff will be key to keeping the pontiff and the public safe during the pope’s Thursday speech to a joint meeting of Congress.

Members say they are confident in security officials, but the department has been plagued by personnel issues and infighting while planning for the papal visit. Full story

September 14, 2015

Roads Around Capitol to Close for Pope’s Visit


(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The U.S. Capitol Police has announced a series of street closures and security notices in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit to the nation’s capital next week.

According to a Monday news release, closures include all streets within a three-block radius of the Capitol and will begin at midnight on Sept. 24 and end at noon, once Pope Francis has the left Capitol grounds after addressing a joint meeting of Congress. The closure area is bound by D Street to the north; Washington Avenue and D Street to the south; Third Street to the west; and Second Street to the east. Full story

August 10, 2015

Material in House Chamber Tests Negative for Asbestos


(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The material found in the House chamber that prompted its closing Monday has tested negative for asbestos.

“The [Architect of the Capitol] has completed the investigation of the material found behind the existing wall fabric in the House Chamber. All tests were negative,” House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving said in notice sent late Monday afternoon. Full story

House Chamber Closed as AOC Investigates Unknown Material (Updated)


(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Testing material found in the chamber could take up to eight hours. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:35 p.m. | The House chamber was closed Monday morning after Architect of the Capitol workers discovered a potentially hazardous substance during ongoing restoration work.

Behind wall fabric, workers found an unknown material that is being tested for asbestos. The chamber was closed “in an abundance of caution,” House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving said in a brief memo. Full story

August 5, 2015

Marine Had Two Loaded Guns, 114 Live Rounds Outside Capitol, Police Say


Updated 4:44 p.m. | The Marine Corps congressional fellow arrested Tuesday on Capitol grounds was carrying two loaded guns, 114 rounds of live ammunition, a military ballistic vest and two knives in his car, court documents state. Following an arraignment, he appears headed for a new assignment, off the Hill.

Gunnery Sgt. Peter James Boby pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor charges in D.C. Superior Court. His wrists and ankles were shackled during the brief arraignment. Boby, who wore a plaid shirt and jeans, was released from custody on his personal recognizance around 3 p.m. He told CQ Roll Call he had no comment on the case. Full story

Capitol Police Board Aims to Replace Chief Quickly


UNITED STATES - MAY 20: U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine testifies during the House Administration Committee hearing on the U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dine’s tenure was defined by big-ticket events and inter-departmental strife. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two former Secret Service agents and an architect walk into a board room. They’re charged with finding a replacement, and soon, for outgoing Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

They have a lot of work to do, with Dine retiring in January but coordinating security for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, particularly the pontiff’s Sept. 24 address to a joint meeting of Congress and for the hundreds of thousands, perhaps more, expected on the West Front and National Mall for the papal visit.

Full story

August 3, 2015

Capitol Police Chief to Retire in January


Dine said there's "no excuse" for lost service weapons. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Dine will retire in January. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine plans to step down in January, capping a contentious three years as the Hill’s top cop.

Dine’s retirement plans were announced to department employees Monday in an internal email. The move follows a 90-day period of intense scrutiny from the Capitol Police Board. In April, the chief submitted a resignation letter to Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers. Full story

July 8, 2015

Lawmakers Disturbed by Suspension of Suspected Capitol Police Whistleblower


Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a matter of policy, members of Congress usually refrain from commenting on personnel issues related to the force of 1,775 officers sworn to protect them. But when it comes to fallout for bodyguards who protect top GOP leaders leaving their guns in publicly accessible bathrooms, some lawmakers are criticizing Capitol Police’s top brass.

“We need to do everything we can to protect whistleblowers,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., reacting to CQ Roll Call’s report that Capitol Police have suspended a sergeant in the Capitol division, allegedly in retribution for a suspected leak. Full story

June 30, 2015

Vatican Releases Schedule for Pope Francis U.S. Visit


Boehner invited Pope Francis to address Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Boehner invited Pope Francis to address Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Vatican on Tuesday released Pope Francis’ schedule for his September visit to the United States, where he will spend five days and address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24.

“It is with humility and deep gratitude that we will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S. Capitol in September for a Joint Meeting of Congress,” Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “His visit to the U.S. Capitol is unprecedented, and it is with open ears and hearts that we will welcome his address to the Congress.” Full story

June 26, 2015

Norton Picks Gun Fight With Sergeant-at-Arms, GOP


UNITED STATES - MARCH 4: Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., heads to the House floor for votes on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Schweikert argues D.C. would be a safer place with fewer gun restrictions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the wake of mass shootings in Charleston, S.C., Washington murmured about resurrecting failed firearm control legislation, yet the House’s Second Amendment defenders stuck to their guns about a push to further dismantle local weapons laws in the District of Columbia.

“Even though we have a lot of folks on this issue that speak emotionally, we have really good data sets from at least our state that show from experience,” said Rep. David Schweikert, an Arizona Republican who endorsed a bill supporters say would take away the D.C. Council’s ability to enact gun control measures. Full story

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