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Capitol Police ‘On Highest Alert’ After Paris Attacks

A Capitol Police officer walks towards a line of nondescript black SUVs on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)
A Capitol Police officer walks towards a line of nondescript black SUVs on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

The board with oversight over Capitol security said Monday the Capitol Police department “continues to be on highest alert” and is enhancing security around the complex following the terrorist attacks in Paris.  

“As with many law enforcement agencies around the nation, the USCP has increased visibility in a number of areas,” the Capitol Police Board wrote in a notice sent to congressional staff just after 10 a.m. “The increased presence and visibility is a proactive enhancement of our already heightened security posture. We appreciate your patience with any inconvenience you may experience or delays incurred at entry points to the Capitol Complex.” The three-member board, chaired by Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Frank J. Larkin, includes House Sergeant-At-Arms Paul D. Irving and Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers. Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine, who is set to retire in January , is an “ex-officio” member of the board as well.  

A spokeswoman for Capitol Police did not respond to requests for comment on the enhanced security measures or how they would affect the department’s already strained budget.  

The board also called on the congressional community to remain vigilant in reporting suspicious activity and essentially avoid walking outside.  

“Also, out of an abundance of caution, take simple precautions, such as using the tunnels when coming to the Capitol or informing your office of your whereabouts,” they wrote.  

The board noted there “currently is no specific threat to the Capitol Complex,” but, “it will always be an appealing target.”  

While the board noted there is currently no specific threat to the Capitol, Reuters reported Monday morning that an apparent video from the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, threatened to “strike America at its center in Washington,” following air strikes against the group’s stronghold in Syria.  

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