The Peter Principle isn’t limited to people. It also applies to organizations.
Take the Capitol Police. The Cappies were the 19th largest police force in America.
The Capitol Police, which has been in the spotlight since the Capitol Riot, has over 2,000 sworn officers. Pelosi’s private police force is the 19th largest police force in America.
It’s already larger than the police forces of Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, and Milwaukee.
While Democrats advocated defunding the police, their private police force budget shot up from $375 million in 2016 to $460 million in 2020.
With all of that, the Cappies couldn’t protect a few buildings despite a ratio of 4 cops for every congressman and woman.
Between members of Congress and their staffers (not to mention kits, cats, sacks, and wives), that’s over 6,500 people to be protected by 2,200 sworn officers. Or a cop per 3 employees.
After their miserable failure, the Cappies are expanding their horizons. Having failed to protect a few buildings, they’re opening offices around the country.
The Department is also in the process of opening Regional Field Offices in California and Florida with additional regions in the near future to investigate threats to Members of Congress.
Why California and Florida?
The Cappies had also been complaining that they were shorthanded. Now they’ve got enough resources to open field offices? This also raises all sorts of questions.
The Capitol cops are Congress’ private police force. The odd arrangement is not atypical in D.C. which has a crazy quilt of niche police forces, including one for the Supreme Court, to maintain their autonomy. But expanding the scope of those forces nationwide raises all sorts of questions and conflicts.