Capitol Police announce the Departure of Assistant Chief James P. Rohan

October 12, 2005
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Terrance W. Gainer
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

October 12, 2005
3:00 p.m.

Chief Terrance W. Gainer today announced the retirement of the United States Capitol Police Assistant Chief of Police, James P. Rohan. Assistant Chief Rohan leaves the Department after 30 years of dedicated service.

Assistant Chief Rohan has been an invaluable asset to the United States Capitol Police, serving in almost every Department Bureau. In his current position, Assistant Chief Rohan is the Department's operational commander with control over approximately 1500 sworn personnel. Previous positions held by Assistant Chief Rohan include serving as the Operational Services Bureau (OSB) Commander, with command over the Patrol/Mobile Response Division, Canine Section, and Hazardous Materials Response Teams, as well as the Containment and Emergency Response Team, a unit that he previously commanded. During his role as OSB Commander, Assistant Chief Rohan coordinated the Department's response to the Anthrax Incident from October 15, 2001 through April 8, 2002, and the Ricin Incident in February of 2004. Additionally, in 2004, Assistant Chief Rohan traveled to London, England to testify before the Joint Security Committee of Great Britain's Parliament regarding the Anthrax Incident.

During his career, Assistant Chief Rohan served as the Department's Uniformed Services Bureau Commander, the Department Watch Commander during the Third Relief, and was the Commander of recruit training in the Training Division. Additionally, Assistant Chief Rohan served in the Investigations Division. From 1990 through 1995, Assistant Chief Rohan was the Commander of the Civil Disturbance Unit and was the Department's Presiding Officer on the Disciplinary Review Board. From 1980 through 1985, Assistant Chief Rohan was detailed as an Instructor/Course Developer to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. Assistant Chief Rohan began his service with the Department on the Senate Division, in 1975.

"Jim has played a dynamic role in moving the Department forward and leading us into the next millennium. His extensive knowledge of the Department structure and the operations of Congress has proved to be vital in assessing the needs of security for Capitol Hill," said Chief Gainer. "I wish him and his family well in his new endeavors. After 30 years of dedicated service, we'll have some big shoes to fill. He will truly be missed."

Assistant Chief Rohan will continue to serve in his current capacity until his last day of service on October 28, 2005. An internal selection process for the next Assistant Chief is ongoing, and will be announced in the near future.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Jessica Gissubel
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer