Capitol Police are going through potty training after officers left their guns in bathrooms on three different occasions so far this year.
A child discovered one of the guns.
The AP reports that on May 20, Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine told the House Administration Committee, “We are now providing additional training on what to do when you have to go to the bathroom.”
He added: “I would be remiss if I did not say that the officers involved in these recent weapons cases reported in the media in no way intended to leave their weapons unattended. But as noted, this is not acceptable and they will be held accountable.”
Dine said the officers “take very seriously their life and safety responsibilities and they acknowledge that they made a mistake.”
Currently, an officer who leaves his or her gun in the restroom faces a minimal five day suspension for the first offense. Dine is considering lengthening the first offense suspension to 30 days.
Lawmakers on the Administration Committee indicated that “they learned about the guns in the bathrooms by reading about them in the press.” Representative Robert Brady (D-PA-1st Dist.) pointed out that he had not met Dine prior to his appearance before the committee, although Dine has been chief for two and a half years.
Dine “promised to communicate better with lawmakers in the future.”
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