Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Board will begin the search for permanent Capitol Police chief


WASHINGTON » The board that oversees the U.S. Capitol Police is beginning a search for a permanent police chief, a person familiar with the matter said, as the fallout from the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol continues.

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman has faced scrutiny from Capitol Hill leaders and congressio­nal committees over law enforcemen­t failures that allowed thousands of rioters to overtake police officers during the insurrecti­on.

The search for the permanent leader of the force, which has more than 2,300 sworn officers and civilian employees, will be nationwide, and while Pittman can apply for the position, she is not guaranteed it, according to the person, who had direct knowledge of the search.

The department’s eventual permanent leader will face calls to improve the force’s intelligen­ce gathering and sharing and its ability to respond to threats like the insurrecti­on.

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