Manger, who will assume command on Friday, stated in an announcement, “The challenges in protecting the Capitol campus, and everyone who works or visits there, have never been more complex. The courage and dedication of the men and women of this agency were on great display on Jan. 6th.”
“It is now my job to ensure that they have the resources and support to continue to fulfill their mission in an ever increasingly difficult job,” he added.
Manger will succeed Acting Chief of Police Yogananda Pittman, who got here into the position following the resignation of earlier chief Steven Sund after the January 6 rebel. He joins the division at a essential time as officers proceed to grapple with the aftermath of the Capitol riot alongside growing threats towards lawmakers in 2021.
More than a dozen present and former Capitol Police officers, Capitol safety officers, lawmakers and aides beforehand advised NCS that not almost sufficient has been carried out to handle the safety failures uncovered by the January 6 assault.
The mere shock of the occasion, and the criticism that adopted, has pushed the US Capitol Police Department to make some fast modifications — however the sweeping reforms which can be extensively seen as essential to stop an identical assault stay elusive, particularly an operational and cultural overhaul of the division that some imagine will take years to attain, if it will possibly occur in any respect.
“We’re losing guys left and right,” stated one officer, who like others interviewed by NCS earlier this month, requested anonymity to talk candidly in regards to the state of the US Capitol Police. “The young guys don’t want to be here and the old guys who are eligible are just rolling out.”
Manger has served within the policing occupation for 42 years, most just lately as chief of police in Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2004 to 2019. The Capitol Police Board stated Thursday it’s “confident” in Manger’s “experience and approach in protecting the Congress — its Members, employees, visitors and facilities.”