April 17, 2021 07:06

Inside the U.S. Capitol Police Budget

The U.S. Capitol Police budget for the current year is about a half-billion dollars, less than some of the biggest police departments in the country, but more than police departments in cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and San Jose, reports USA Today. Most of the money goes to pay the 2,300 officers and civilian employees. There’s also money for general expenses, which includes equipment. In 2019, for example, the department spent $24 million on items labeled equipment. And between 2000 and 2008, there was $64 million set aside for something called security enhancements. The budget has steadily increased almost every year. Most recently, Congress increased the Capitol Police budget from $462 million to $516 million. That was an more than 11 percent increase. We don’t know everything that the agency does because it is not subject to the federal Freedom of Information Act. “It doesn’t seem to be a lack of money that was the problem here,” said Chris Edwards, the director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute. “It seems to me it was probably a management and training failure.”

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