Rank-and-file Capitol Police officers will get a briefing from their leadership on Friday about security preparations for next week’s rally defending those arrested during the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, according to two sources familiar with the department’s plans.
The planned briefing follows pushback from officers about their lack of advance warning of the risks of the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally that turned into a violent insurrection; Capitol Police rank-and-file aired concerns that they’d been kept in the dark about the likelihood of violence targeting Congress that day. Officers have described being left woefully outnumbered and unprepared for the scale of an attack that left more than 100 officers injured and resulted in millions of dollars of damage to the Capitol.
Since then, a series of internal reviews has faulted the Capitol Police’s intelligence-sharing operation and prompted the department to implement new guidelines for keeping officers informed. New practices, according to Capitol Police officials, include the wide distribution of intelligence from field agents, more data shared with sworn officers about event planning and further partnerships with