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Capitol Police officers pay their respects on April 3 at the location where fellow officer, William Evans, was killed in an attack a day earlier. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Capitol Police is "struggling to meet existing mission requirements" in the aftermath of this year's second attack at the complex, union chief Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement this weekend, NBC News reports.

Why it matters: The union says the agency is approaching "a crisis in morale and force numbers" just as calls for heightened security are renewed in the aftermath of the death of Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans on Friday.

Driving the news: Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to review Capitol security measures, told ABC's "This Week" that Capitol Police "are going to have to recruit hard" in order to fulfill the security measures his task force proposed last month.

  • The plan calls for expanding the force by 1,100 officers and filling approximately 300 current vacancies.
  • Papathanasiou called on Congress to implement the proposal, which also calls for more mobile or retractable fencing.

What he's saying: "We are struggling to meet existing mission requirements even with the officers working massive amounts of forced overtime," Papathanasiou said, adding that the agency is down 233 officers below its normally 2,000-member force.

  • "In the next 3-5 years we have another 500 officers who will be eligible to retire. Many of these officers could put in their retirement papers tomorrow. I’ve had many younger officers confide in me that they’re actively looking at other agencies and departments right now."
  • "We have now lost two officers in the line of duty this year," he said. "Another officer has taken his own life and we have 80 officers who were seriously injured in the insurrection. Some of those injured officers may never return to duty."

Go deeper: Capitol review panel recommends more police, mobile fencing

Go deeper

Capitol security task force leader urges Congress to boost resources

Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to review Capitol security measures, urged Congress on Sunday to adopt the security measures his task force proposed last month in order to protect against potential attacks.

Driving the news: One Capitol Police Officer was killed Friday, and another injured, after a male suspect rammed them with a car at a north entrance to the U.S. Capitol. Some security fencing was removed a week ago after heightened security following the Jan 6. attack.

Updated Apr 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress "horrified" by vehicle attack at Capitol

Police investigating the scene where a driver drove into a security barrier near the U.S. Capitol on April 2. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Members of Congress said they were "horrified" by Friday's car ramming attack at the U.S. Capitol that left two people dead, including Capitol Police officer William Evans and the suspect, and one officer injured.

Why it matters: Some security fencing was removed a week ago after months of heightened security following the Jan 6. attack at the Capitol. National Guard remains at the U.S. Capitol but in smaller numbers. Members of the Guard were seen on Friday deploying toward the Capitol barrier following the incident.

Police identify officer slain in vehicle attack on Capitol as 18-year veteran William Evans

Police officers gather near a car that crashed into a barrier on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans, who served for 18 years, is dead and another officer is injured after a male suspect rammed them with a car at a north entrance to the U.S. Capitol on Friday.

The state of play: Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Friday that the suspect brandished a knife as he lunged at officers. The officers fired at the suspect, who has since been pronounced dead.