Allegations of romance between top Capitol Police official, subordinate under review

A top commander within the U.S. Capitol Police is being investigated for allegedly engaging in a romantic relationship with a subordinate and offering the woman a coveted job within the department, according to officials with the force.

Rank-and-file members of the department have filed a complaint alleging that the woman was transferred to a position that was not publicly posted.

The job is considered desirable because it offers steady, predictable hours and weekends off.

The investigation into the incident was first reported by Politico and the National Journal.

The U.S. Capitol Police Office of the Inspector General has been reviewing the matter, said two people with knowledge of the investigation.

Response

Officials with the U.S Capitol Police would not comment officially on the matter beyond a statement first released Tuesday.

“The U.S. Capitol Police does not comment on personnel matters to help ensure the integrity of our internal processes and investigations and the privacy of our employees,” according to the statement sent by Lt. Kimberly Schneider, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman.

“The Department cautions against publishing unsubstantiated information that may impact our employees’ professional and personal lives,” she wrote in the statement.

The statement continued: “Generally, it is a management right to assign work to carry out the mission of the Department.”

Department’s tasks

With a force of about 1,800 rank-and-file officers, the department is tasked with securing the Capitol grounds and buildings along with protecting members of Congress and their families.

Calls requesting comment Wednesday that were left for the deputy chief allegedly at the heart of the controversy and officials with the U.S Capitol Police Office of the Inspector General were not immediately returned.

James Konczos, president of the U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee, the union representing rank-and-file officers, said, “In the past, under different leadership, the union has felt that the department hasn’t handled allegations of inappropriate personal conduct, relationships, or sexual harassment involving supervisors properly.”

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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