The Capitol Police union on Monday endorsed an array of security enhancements that are being recommended by retired Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré in response to the Jan. 6 assault at the Capitol, including hiring 1,000 more officers, establishing a quick reaction force for emergencies and considering options for different types of security fencing around the complex.
“I look forward to reviewing Lt. Gen. Honoré’s full recommendations when they are made available,” Gus Papathanasiou, the union’s chairman, said in a statement. “The fact we were understaffed was no secret.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi tapped General Honoré to conduct the security review in the aftermath of the mob attack. A person familiar with his recommendations said they included hiring 1,000 new officers to help provide security for members of Congress. General Honoré is also calling for more fencing for the Capitol, though it may not be permanent, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conclusions were not finalized.
There are more than 200 vacancies on the Capitol Police force.
General Honoré also wants to establish a quick response team, most likely involving National Guard troops, to assist the Capitol Police with future emergencies.