Capitol Police Still Struggling With the Bathroom

Posted July 21, 2015 at 10:00am

Capitol Police are aces when it comes to keeping lawmakers and the rest of the congressional community free from harm. But a recent incident regarding sensitive equipment again left behind in restrooms portends that perhaps a refresher course on securing personal belongings maybe didn’t fully take.  

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

While deadly firearms were not up for grabs this time around, a tipster told HOH about a tragicomic scenario that unfolded July 17 in a Senate office building. The visitor spotted a woman — “Not sure if she was a visitor or staff,” our informant confessed — alerting a male police officer about the stray radio she had stumbled upon in the ladies’ room. Our spellbound spy said the male cop began loudly speculating about how the embarrassing episode might have gone down.  

“He held the door of the woman’s room open as she went in to retrieve [and was] talking to the other officers in the hall trying to determine whose radio it was,” the tipster related.  

At least in this case it sounds as if a budget-busting crisis was averted.  

Were one to be misplaced, a Capitol Police aide explained, the radio would immediately be disabled and the corresponding officer would likely face an internal investigation. If proven negligent in the handling of official gear, the offending officer could then be held liable for replacing the unit (each radio runs around $6,000).