This was the headline in the Washington Post last week.
The U.S. Capitol Police have dismissed about one-quarter
of their latest group of recruits after discovering the individuals had been
hired despite failing criminal background checks, psychological exams and other
employment criteria, officials said yesterday.
The 15 recruits, who were about halfway through a 12-week training
course in Georgia, were recalled to Washington over the weekend and told
yesterday to resign within five days or be fired, according to several
Now, let's just for a minute set aside the question of, "Georgia?" If these people were not qualified why had they been sent to training? What nefarious means had these 15 used to outwit the best and brightest administration ever?
Deputy Chief Matthew Verderosa replaced former human resources director
Jennifer McCarthy earlier this month, and oversaw the proper vetting of the new
Fifteen did not meet the department’s hiring standards. The reasons for
the recruits’ terminations vary, but include juvenile criminal records and minor
traffic offenses, according to a Capitol Police source.Senate Sergeant at Arms
Terrance Gainer, a member of the Capitol Police Board, said the problem was not
that the recruits attempted to hide their pasts.
It was that the human resource department bypassed information that
should have been scrutinized.“There’s nothing the department learned during the
course of its investigation that wasn’t known in the file. What is obvious is
that people in [human resources] didn’t follow the rules,” Gainer said.
"How tough can it be to hire or fire a few recruits?" you say. "Why would it be paramount to make sure that all i's were dotted and t's crossed from the start?"
Berry pointed out that under U.S. law, Capitol Police Chief Philip Morse
cannot hire or terminate any employee without first getting the approval of the
Capitol Police Board, the House Administration Committee and the Senate Rules
There is a subset of politicians who say that government cannot do certain things and then, once they are elected, set out to prove that to be true. We've seen that some parties just can't be trusted to use our common resources well. Don't trust them with your vote again this year please.