The U.S. Capitol Police will use surveillance equipment provided by the U.S. Army to monitor Americans as part of a massive effort to improve security and transform the Capitol Police force into “an intelligence-based protective agency” following the Jan. 6 riot in Washington D.C.
The USCP was given control over eight Persistent Surveillance Systems Ground – Medium (PSSG‑M) units after a request to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was approved on June 2.
The state-of-the-art surveillance units will provide the USCP with high-definition surveillance capacity.
The same technology has been used during the war in Afghanistan to observe large areas at all hours of the day.
The USCP described the technology as “state-of-the-art campus surveillance technology, which will enhance the ability to detect and monitor threat activity,” per a statement last week.
The Army will install the units and will train USCP personnel or authorized contractors to operate the systems. Except for required maintenance of the systems, no DoD personnel will operate the PSSG‑M units,” said the Department of Defense in a statement.
“The PSSG‑M provides high-definition surveillance video, including night vision. This technology will be integrated with existing USCP camera infrastructure, providing greater high-definition surveillance capacity to meet steady-state mission requirements and help identify emerging threats. The PSSG‑M system does not include facial recognition.”