New Website Aims to Fill Diminishing USCP Memorial Fund
The attacks on January 6 and April 2 prompted the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund to distribute several hundred thousand dollars to USCP families.
Before January 6th, the Memorial Fund had approximately $800,000. Today it has nearly $400,000.
Since 1998, the Department has only been able to receive written checks. During the last few months, the USCP Office of Financial Management, with the assistance of the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board, established a new online portal to receive electronic donations. Contributions to the Memorial Fund are tax deductible.
“This year has been especially difficult for the United States Capitol Police and the losses we have suffered,” said Chief Tom Manger. “Not a day goes by that we don’t think about Officer Brian Sicknick and Officer William Evans, and how they made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our critical mission.”
More than 80 officers were also injured on January 6.
The Memorial Fund was originally established after Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Det. John Gibson died defending the U.S. Capitol from a lone gunman on July 24, 1998. After the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting, lawmakers expanded the Memorial Fund to allow financial support to employees who sustained serious line-of-duty injuries.