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Yogananda Pittman, first woman, black person to serve as U.S. Capitol Police chief

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- U.S. Capitol Police has a new acting police chief. Yogananda Pittman becomes the first woman and first black person to serve on the post. She comes into the position experienced. She led the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

Pittman replaces former chief Steven Sund, who resigned last week after facing criticism for the handling of the response to the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Pittman was appointed as acting police chief on January 8 by Capitol Police Board.

Pittman released the following statement on Monday:

As the Acting Chief of Police, I am committed to leading the United States Capitol Police (USCP) Department through this challenging time.

I want to first extend my gratitude for the kind words and prayers we have received following the loss of two of our USCP family last week. Officer Brian D. Sicknick and Officer Howard C. Liebengood were highly respected police officers, and both will be greatly missed. The Department continues to provide extensive support services to their families as well as to USCP employees to assist them through this difficult time.

The Department is fully engaged with our law enforcement partners throughout the National Capital Region on the Federal, state, and local levels. We have comprehensive, coordinated plans in place to ensure the safety and security of the Congressional community and the upcoming Presidential Inauguration. There will be no public access to the Capitol Grounds during the Inauguration, and the event will go on as scheduled.

The Department also has been actively reviewing video and other open source materials of some USCP officers and officials that appear to be in violation of Department regulations and policies. Our Office of Professional Responsibility will investigate these behaviors for disciplinary action, up to, and including, termination. Several USCP officers have already been suspended pending the outcome of their investigations.

The investigation of the January 6 riot is continuing in collaboration with numerous law enforcement agencies, and the USCP along with its law enforcement partners, are aggressively working to identify and arrest those involved in the destruction of property at the U.S. Capitol Complex. It is our intention to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. 

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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