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U.S. Capitol Police to open office in Tampa after Jan. 6 attack

The agency said Florida and California “are where the majority of our potential threats are.”
FILE - Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Some of the best sources for "Day of Rage," a painstaking 40-minute video investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, were the rioters themselves — an irony given the hostility many had toward journalists. That's according to the executive in charge of the New York Times' project. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Some of the best sources for "Day of Rage," a painstaking 40-minute video investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, were the rioters themselves — an irony given the hostility many had toward journalists. That's according to the executive in charge of the New York Times' project. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) [ JOHN MINCHILLO | AP ]
Published Jul. 7
Updated Jul. 7

Six months after supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Police will open a field office in Tampa to investigate threats to members of Congress.

In a news release Tuesday titled, “After the Attack: The Future of the U.S. Capitol Police,” the agency detailed changes since Jan. 6, including boosting recruiting, training and equipment for officers.

The agency is also in the process of opening its first field offices.

“The new USCP field offices will be in the Tampa and San Francisco areas. At this time, Florida and California are where the majority of our potential threats are,” the agency said in an email Tuesday to The News Service of Florida.

The agency said launching field offices on the country’s East Coast and West Coast will benefit investigations seeking to weed out potential threats.

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“A regional approach to investigating and prosecuting threats against members is important, so we will be working closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in those locations. More field offices will be opening in the future,” the email said.

More than 500 defendants face charges in the U.S. Capitol breach in January, the agency said Tuesday.