Capitol Security Task Force Releases Final Report, Recommends Sweeping Changes

The task force that reviewed security at the Capitol released its final report on Monday, and called for sweeping changes to improve the Capitol Police’s emergency response, and included multiple security enhancements around the complex.

The study was led by former Hurricane Katrina Commander and retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore and a task force composed of other former senior military officials.

The recommendations include:

  • increasing Capitol Police’s intelligence gathering capabilities, tighter background checks, and some restricted areas
  • a permanent quick reaction force 
  •  implementing mobile, retractable fencing that can replace the current temporary security structure
  • more police officers, including body cameras, reimplementing mounted units, and boosting the size of K-9 units
  • home security measures for members of Congress outside of Washington, allocating funds for home security systems, and special protection for those receiving threats

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