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Task force examining Capitol security calls for installment of mobile fencing among host of other changes

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Snow falls as the U.S. Capitol building is seen past a perimeter fence after the House Impeachment Managers delivered the articles of impeachment to the Senate on January 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House is impeaching Donald Trump for the second time with the Senate scheduled to begin its trial of the former president on February 8. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

A task force established to review security at the US Capitol following the violent insurrection on January 6 is calling for mobile fencing around the complex, a quick reaction Capitol Police force on standby when Congress is in session and an overhaul of how members are protected in their home districts, according to an executive copy of the report obtained by CNN.

(CNN)A task force established to review security at the US Capitol following the violent insurrection on January 6 is calling for mobile fencing around the complex, a quick reaction Capitol Police force on standby when Congress is in session and an overhaul of how members are protected in their home districts, according to an executive copy of the report obtained by CNN.

CNN first reported last week that two sources said a draft copy of the review recommended adding more than 1,000 US Capitol Police officers, establishing a dedicated quick reaction force and building an integrated system of walls and fences around the Capitol complex.

The copy of the report CNN viewed on Friday showed that the task force suggests the creation of two different new fencing systems -- a mobile system, which they argue should be "easily erected and deconstructed," and a retractable fencing system -- that would keep the border of the Capitol secure in a more manageable way.

To create this reaction force, fill current vacancies and address future staffing needs, the task force suggests adding a total of 884 new hires to the Capitol Police.

In order to produce their report, the task force met with representatives from Capitol Police, the House and Senate Sergeants at Arms, the Architect of the Capitol, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, federal law enforcement partners, the Departments of Defense and the Army, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the National Guard Bureau and congressional members and staff from both the House and Senate.

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