USCP Brings on Ret. Secret Service Agent to Help with Major Event Planning

June 10, 2021
Press Release

Today Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman and Acting Assistant Chief Sean Gallagher announced the Department is bringing on retired U.S. Secret Service Agent Wesley Schwark to help with USCP’s major event planning, to include National Special Security Events.

“Mr. Schwark’s 25-year law enforcement career will help us improve our now Department-wide operations planning processes,” said Acting Chief Pittman. “This is yet another critical step we are taking to ensure a violent attack like January 6 never happens again.”

USCP leadership is answering the calls for change from a series of post January 6 reviews, including the Capitol Attack Report by the U.S. Senate Committees on Homeland Security & Government Affairs and the Committee on Rules.

Schwark recently retired after more than 22 years with the United States Secret Service where he was assigned to the Presidential Protective Division. He served under both President Bush and President Obama, conducting numerous physical risk assessments and mitigation operations both domestically and internationally. Schwark later transferred to the Dignitary Protection Division where he took over special events planning.

His areas of responsibility included inter-agency coordination with federal, state, and local agencies, private industry, and all levels of law enforcement for National Special Security Events (NSSE). Schwark has been intimately involved with the planning and coordination of every NSSE since 2014. The most recent includes the 2020 State of the Union Address, the 2018 State Funeral for President George H.W. Bush, and the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.