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May 24, 2015

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May 5, 2015

GOP Leaders Not Briefed on Bodyguards’ Lost Guns

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., might never have known their bodyguards left guns in the bathroom without CQ Roll Call’s report, which has launched a Capitol Police investigation into the source of the leak.

Spokesmen for the two GOP leaders on Tuesday made their first comments on the security lapses that were revealed May 1, in a report featuring a photo of the Glock a member of McConnell’s detail allegedly left hanging out of a toilet seat cover dispenser in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Senate office space. A CVC worker found the gun on Jan. 29, resulting in a recommendation of six days of unpaid suspension for the officer. Full story

May 4, 2015

Glock Photo Sparks Firestorm on Capitol Hill

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center. (Courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

A firestorm sparked by CQ Roll Call’s May 1 report on three instances of Capitol Police leaving loaded guns in problematic places has put top law enforcement officials on edge, launched a hunt for the source behind the photo of one unattended Glock and drawn fresh scrutiny from Congress.

“It’s unacceptable that firearms were left unattended by Capitol Police officers,” Rep. Tom Graves, the Georgia Republican who wields the gavel on the House Appropriations panel with jurisdiction over the agency, said in a Monday email. “While each of these incidents is under investigation by the Capitol Police’s Inspector General, the Subcommittee will take an active role in oversight efforts to help ensure similar incidents don’t happen in the future.” Full story

May 1, 2015

Do Capitol Police Problems Go Beyond the Bathroom? (Updated)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

This gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 29, according to a source. (Photo obtained by CQ Roll Call)

Updated, 3:23 p.m. | CQ Roll Call’s publication Friday of a jarring photo of an unattended handgun reportedly found in a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom in January had members of Congress questioning the preparedness of the police who protect the Hill —  and whether authorities are concealing lapses in safety.

“I was unaware of these instances until this morning,” said House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas. “The Capitol Hill Police are awesome people who need to retrain everyone that carries a gun. It does not surprise me that mistakes can be made, what would surprise me is if we did not retrain every single person with better procedures.” Full story

Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms (Video) (Updated)

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

This gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol Visitor Center on Jan. 29, according to a source. (Photo obtained by CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:20 p.m. | When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places. Full story

April 29, 2015

Gyrocopter Looked Like a Kite or Balloon on FAA Radar

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The gyrocopter that landed on the West Front Lawn and sparked questions about Capitol Hill’s airspace security could have been mistaken for a kite or balloon on Federal Aviation Administration radar.

Crowded together Wednesday in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seven witnesses from the spectrum of agencies that defend D.C. airspace compiled a timeline of what they knew about 61-year-old mailman Doug Hughes before his April 15 Capitol landing. Full story

Watch Live: House Oversight Gyrocopter Hearing

Six witnesses will testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a gyrocopter that landed on the West Front of the Capitol on April 15.

Witnesses include Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine and Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy, who will discuss how the gyrocopter flew and landed in restricted airspace.

Coverage begins at 10 a.m.

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April 22, 2015

For Capitol Police, Change Keeps Coming

Malloy's retirement comes amid reports of frustrations between rank-and-file officers and department brass. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police are dealing with a number of hot-button issues, including costs and department leadership. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For Capitol Police, it’s been an unsettling and rough few weeks characterized by speculation about their top leaders, a suicide on the West Front, a gyrocopter landing on the Capitol lawn and members of Congress looking to trim the force’s budget.

It started earlier this month, with news that Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine was headed for the exits when the resignation letter he submitted to the Hill’s top law enforcement officials surfaced. Full story

April 20, 2015

Kim Dine Will Stay On as Capitol Police Chief

Under Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, right, the department is pursuing accredidation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Police Board signaled it will continue to work with Chief Kim C. Dine, despite his resignation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

It appears Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine is staying in place as the head of the department, with a new No. 2 to help iron out some of the discord within the ranks.

The Capitol Police Board, in a Monday evening message to the congressional community, said it will continue to work with Dine and incoming Assistant Chief Matt Verderosa “to improve our service to the Capitol Community and to provide the officers with the necessary support they need to maintain the safety, openness and security of the Capitol.” Full story

March 26, 2015

Congress Not Pushing Back on July Fourth Security Crackdown

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Oh, say will you still be able to see from the Capitol? (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hill staffers would be the people most affected if Capitol law enforcement cracks down on Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties. That might be why members of Congress do not seem to be pushing back on a March 12 letter from the Capitol Police Board.

While lawmakers dismissed past proposals to limit access to the so-called “people’s house,” such as building a fence around the 276-acre complex, as former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer recently suggested, this most recent recommendation might prove more popular. Full story

February 25, 2015

Officer Morale a Hot Topic for Capitol Police at Appropriations Hearing

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)

Wasserman Schultz worries low morale among Capitol Police could distract from protecting the complex. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Low morale among Capitol Police was a hot topic for law enforcement officials on Wednesday during a series of panels convened by the House lawmakers who set the department’s budget.

Both House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving and Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine fielded questions about low officer morale from longtime Legislative Branch appropriator Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the subcommittee’s top Democrat. She professed a “notable uptick” in the number of officers pulling her aside on the Hill to chat about internal department issues. Full story

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