Threats to members of Congress have increased by 107% this year compared to 2020, the U.S. Capitol Police revealed Friday.
“As the department has previously reported, the number of threats made against Congress has increased significantly,” Capitol Police said in a statement. “This year alone, there has been a 107% increase in threats against members compared to 2020. Provided the unique threat environment we currently live in, the department is confident the number of cases will continue to increase.
The USCP said it’s taken “significant steps” to implement recommendations made by the Office of Inspector General, including training requirements for agents and analysts, and the sharing of intelligence within the agency. The force said it’s also asked the FBI for additional help with investigations and prosecutions.
“As always, the department greatly appreciates its partnership with the Office of the Inspector General,” the USCP said. “Since the events of January 6th, USCP leadership team has been working closely with Congressional oversight to seek the needed resources to implement the OIG’s recommendations, as well as those from other reviews and assessments.”