WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 05: U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger testifies during the Senate Rules and Administration Committee oversight hearing on January 5, 2022 in Washington, D.C. One day before the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, the committee will hear testimony on the status of the U.S. Capitol Police. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
By FARNOUSH AMIRI and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year after the Jan. 6 attack, the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police says the force is sure "to get tested again" and will be prepared.
He told senators on Wednesday that he is making progress in resolving "critical deficiencies" despite major staffing shortages and thousands of new threats to members of Congress.
Police Chief J. Thomas Manger appeared at a Senate hearing to answer more than 100 recommendations to move the agency from a traditional police department to a protective force.
The plan includes crucial efforts to address a shortage of about 450 officers.
Manger says the force today is stronger and better equipped to handle an attack against the Capitol or lawmakers than it was a year ago.
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