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Lt. Gen. Honoré's Capitol attack report recommends more police, better coordination with National Guard

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Report on Capitol policeU.S. Capitol police should dramatically expand staffing, focus on intelligence gathering and coordinate better with the National Guard to prevent another attack like the Jan. 6 riot, according to a security review headed by retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré that is being presented to House members Monday.

The House and Senate will have to consider which recommendations to adopt and how to fund them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who asked Honoré to lead the review, has called the report a draft that will require additional funding.

Recommendations in the 15-page report include:

• Better funding for Capitol police, a force of about 2,000 officers that has 233 vacancies and spent 55% of its overtime for the year during the first five months of the fiscal year. The report recommended creating 854 more jobs, including 350 to reduce overtime and 424 to cover new duties such as intelligence gathering,

• Hastening the ability of the Capitol police chief to request support from other law enforcement agencies or the National Guard, which now requires a cumbersome process with the Capitol Police Board. Hours-long delays in requesting the Guard occurred Jan. 6.

• Adopting mobile fencing around the Capitol, which would be easily erected and removed during emergencies. Rioters on Jan. 6 were able to quickly overcome metal barricades that officers stood behind.

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