WASHINGTON, DC -- In a closed-door briefing before members of Congress, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman apologized for the department's security failures during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters, which resulted in the death of South River native Brian Sicknick.
"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the Department," said Pittman, according to a transcript obtained by the New York Times. "Let me be clear: the Department should have been more prepared for this attack."
According to the New York Times article, Chief Pittman said the department “failed to meet its own high standards as well as yours.” The newspaper also reported that Chief Pittman said that her department knew "Jan. 6 would be unlike previous protests" and that militia groups and white supremacists organizations would descend on Washington.
The United States Capitol Police (USCP) dates back to 1800 when the Congress moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. A lone watchman, John Golding, was hired to protect the Capitol Building. After a number of incidents occurred in 1827 that could have been prevented with sufficient security and surveillance, President John Quincy Adams asked that a regular Capitol Police force be established. Currently, the Department has an authorized sworn strength of more than 2,000. In addition to the sworn members of the force, the Department has over 350 civilian personnel who provide operational and administrative support. The USCP’s diverse workforce is comprised of employees from nearly all 50 states and the U.S. territories.