Staffordshire Commissioner

Staffordshire Commissioner The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a CALEA nationally-accredited, federal law enforcement agency.

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Today, one month since George Floyd’s death and on what should have been Tamir Rice’s 18th birthday, I stand with my col...
07/24/2020

Today, one month since George Floyd’s death and on what should have been Tamir Rice’s 18th birthday, I stand with my colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus to pass the historic Justice in Policing Act. ‬

Today, one month since George Floyd’s death and on what should have been Tamir Rice’s 18th birthday, I stand with my colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus to pass the historic Justice in Policing Act. ‬

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Our History

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) dates back to 1800 when the Congress moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. A lone watchman, John Golding, was hired to protect the Capitol Building. After a number of incidents occurred in 1827 that could have been prevented with sufficient security and surveillance, President John Quincy Adams asked that a regular Capitol Police force be established.

On May 2, 1828, Congress passed an Act that expanded the police regulations of the City of Washington to include the Capitol and Capitol Square. It is on this date that the USCP commemorates its founding.

📷With the passage of this Act, Congress brought the responsibility of policing the Capitol under the direction of the presiding officer of the House and Senate, and empowered the Capitol watchmen with full law enforcement authorities. The new force consisted of a captain and three men who worked fifteen-hour shifts when Congress was in session and ten-hour shifts at all other times. Their area of authority did not exceed the neighboring walks and streets adjacent to the Capitol Building.

The responsibility of the Capitol Police was transferred from the Commissioner of Public Buildings to the Sergeants at Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in 1867. In 1873, the Capitol Police Board was established, and the Architect of the Capitol was added to the Board.

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