Washington Capitol Police have asked to permanently leave the fence erected around the congressional building to protect it from riots, RIA Novosti reports.
According to Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman, proposals to enclose the Congress building with a fence have been heard since 2006.
“In light of recent events, I can say unequivocally that significant improvements need to be made to the security infrastructure, including permanent fencing and having a standby force ready to respond in the immediate vicinity of the Capitol,” Pittman said in a statement on the Capitol Police website.
The unprecedented security measures were taken because of the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters on Jan. 6 to protest the confirmation of the presidential election results. After that, the center of Washington and the parliament building itself was surrounded by a fence, and the inauguration ceremony of the new President Biden was guarded by about 25,000 members of the National Guard.