Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Police force was hurt by inadequate intelligence gathering ahead of the January 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol. That’s according to a new review by the department’s internal watchdog. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton says the police department has had problems because of the increase in threats against lawmakers over the last five years. He recommended that the force hire more agents who are dedicated to assessing threats. The Capitol Police force said Friday that there has been a 107 percent increase in threats against members of Congress this year compared to 2020. Lawmakers are investigating the Jan. 6 riots as they contemplate overhauling security.

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