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A Capitol Police officer watches the ceremony for the late Officer Brian Sicknick on February 3, 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Six months after the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, The U.S Capitol Police (USCP) is highlighting its work to support officers, enhance security around the Capitol Complex and pivot towards an intelligence-based protective agency.

The big picture: The half-year since the riot has seen the department implement broad changes, as it continues to work with federal law enforcement to track down those involved in the attack. So far, more than 500 people have been charged, acting Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote Tuesday.

What she's saying: "We honor all the brave men and women who, against all odds, faced down a violent crowd that day and protected our elected leaders and everyone who was in the Capitol Complex," Pittman wrote.

  • "We will never forget their bravery and will continue to work in their honor."

Between the lines: Pittman said USCP "has been working around the clock with our Congressional stakeholders" to implement changes since Jan. 6, including ...

  • Implementing wellness services for officers, including working with trauma counselors, offering spiritual support services, developing a peer support program and working with groups that specialize in addressing psychological trauma and stress, among other areas.
  • Enhancing security for members of Congress who reside outside of the D.C. area. The Department is also in the process of opening field offices in California and Florida to investigate threats to members of Congress. 
  • The department has added joint training with the National Guard, riot training and shoot and don’t shoot scenarios.
  • USCP is working with Congressional oversight and the Capitol Police Board to get the authority to immediately request National Guard help if needed, without having to wait for board approval.

Go deeper: More than 70 officers have left U.S. Capitol Police since Jan. 6 riot

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Dallas violent crime numbers declining

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Dallas crime numbers are declining slightly, which police officials say is linked to the chief’s violent crime reduction plan that has focused on hot spot policing.

Why it matters: Violent crimes increased in Dallas and nationwide in 2020, but police officials locally believe that numbers this year show the increase won’t continue.

Updated Oct 19, 2021 - World

Man with bow and arrow kills 5, wounds 2 in Norway

Police work at the scene in Kongsberg, Norway, on Oct. 13. Photo: Torstein Be/NTB/AFP via Getty Images

Police accused a 37-year-old Danish man on Monday of using "stabbing weapons" and a bow and arrow in a rampage that left five people dead and two others wounded in Norway last week.

The latest: Norwegian police said in a statement Monday that they have confiscated unspecified weapons, clarifying that the suspect seems to have first shot at some people with a bow and arrow, but then killed them with "stabbing weapon" in the town of Kongsberg.

Updated 28 mins ago - World

UK government: Kremlin has plan "to install pro-Russian leadership" in Ukraine

British Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss. Photo: Gints Ivuskans / AFP via Getty Images

The United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary on Saturday night said the government has "information that indicates the Russian Government is looking to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it considers whether to invade and occupy Ukraine."

Driving the news: U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne called the intelligence "deeply concerning" in a statement to Axios. The Biden administration has said Russia is actively manufacturing a pretext for invasion and warned that Putin could use joint military exercises in Belarus as cover to invade from the north.