US Capitol Police Chief: 153 Officers Have Left Force Since Jan. 6; Hiring Is Imperative

WASHINGTON – Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger told a Senate panel Wednesday that 153 officers have retired or resigned in the year since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, leaving the force 447 officers short of its authorized strength.

Another 175 officers are out on any given day for leave or illness such as COVID-19, Manger said, leaving the force able to field about 1,600 to 1,700 officers. The staff  shortage forces officers to work more overtime and have leave days canceled, he said.

Manger told the Rules and Administration Committee his goal is to hire 280 officers per year for the next three years to overcome losses from routine attrition and the additional stress of serving in the aftermath of the attack.

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