In my post-riot article, I noted that Congress has the 19th largest police force in America.
The Capitol Police have over 2,000 sworn officers. A police force dedicated to protecting Capitol Hill has more personnel in its service than the police forces of most of the country.
Congress’ private cops are the 19th largest police force in the country. It’s a larger force than the police forces of Atlanta, Baltimore, Denver, or Milwaukee with a massive $460 million budget.
While Democrats advocated defunding the police, their private police force budget shot up from $375 million in 2016 to $460 million in 2020.
In today’s article, 4 Cops for Every Congressman – But Pelosi Wants More, I noted that the officer per person allocation is much higher than that.
And with 535 elected officials in the House and Senate, that’s a ratio of 4 cops for every congressman and woman.
Meanwhile the high-profile members get a private security detail of 6 cops.
House members had 3,695 staffers (total 6,880 nationwide) and Senate members had 2,342 staffers (total 4,120 nationwide) working in their D.C. offices for a combined 6,037 people.
That’s up from 146 in 1891, and 304 in 1943, which is understandable since our government works much better now than when we won WW2.
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.
Even Vatican City, with the highest police ratio in the world, is more modest than that.
The conspiracy theorist that Pelosi put in charge of her task force would like to take it far beyond that.
Honore will also suggest adding 874 new positions within the Capitol Police to cut down on overtime — which stretched to 720,000 hours in the last fiscal year, they found, an “unsustainable” dynamic.
That would bring the Capitol Police to over 2,800 officers making it the 8th largest urban police force in America.
Only the NYPD, the LAPD, and the police forces of Chicago, Philly, Houston, Dallas, Miami-Dade, and D.C. would be bigger.
Did I mention that D.C. is already incredibly overpoliced?
Washington D.C. has the highest ratio of police to people of any major city in the country. There are 650 officers for every 100,000 residents in D.C. That’s 40% higher than any other major city in America including Chicago and Baltimore. It has a 58% higher police ratio than New York, more than double that of Boston, and triple that of L.A.
Also, Congress needs horses. Apparently.
Expanding the Capitol Police’s canine explosive detection program, reestablishing horse-mounted patrols
As long as they also have bayonets.
But horses and bayonets are okay when protecting Democrats.