Steube Introduces Legislation to Prohibit USCP from Operating Outside of DC Jurisdiction
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Greg Steube today introduced the Protect the Capitol Act, which would prohibit the United States Capitol Police (USCP) from establishing offices outside of the District of Columbia and operating outside of their jurisdiction.
“Rather than sending officers to outside jurisdictions to waste time and resources on politicized investigations, USCP leadership should focus on their sole responsibility of protecting the U.S. Capitol in D.C.,” Steube said. “Operating field offices outside of their jurisdiction is an unnecessary overreach that would only add to the mismanagement of the USCP and leadership shortcomings that we’ve seen over the past year.”
Specifically, the legislation would:
- Prohibit the Chief of USCP from establishing or maintaining an office outside of D.C.,
- Limit deployments of USCP officers outside of their jurisdiction to 30 days,
- Require any outside jurisdiction deployments be in response to a specific threat.
Steube’s legislation is in response to an announcement from the USCP that they would open two new field offices in Florida and California as they investigate the January 6th protests at the U.S. Capitol.
The full text of the legislation can be found here.