The Chief of Police is responsible for administering the Department in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, and ensuring that organizational objectives are met. The Chief reports directly to the Capitol Police Board and is assisted in the management of the Department by the Assistant Chiefs of Police and the Chief Administrative Officer. These leaders collectively are recognized as the United States Capitol Police Executive Team, the highest-level management team within the Department.
Steven A. Sund
Chief of Police
Steven A. Sund was sworn in as the tenth Chief of Police in June 2019. He joined the United States Capitol Police (USCP) in 2017 as the Assistant Chief of Police and Chief of Operations. Chief Sund is well known and respected in the law enforcement and academic communities for his senior command and operational experience as well as his specialized education and training.
Sund served with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C., for more than 25 years. He retired from MPD as the Commander of the Special Operations Division, within the Homeland Security Bureau. In this assignment, then-Commander Sund oversaw a number of specialized units to include the Emergency Response Team; Aviation and Harbor Units; Horse Mounted and Canine Units; Special Events/Dignitary Protection Branch; Major Crash and Commercial Motor Carrier Enforcement; Automated Traffic Enforcement, and the Domestic Security Operations Unit. During his career, Sund coordinated a number of National Special Security Events (NSSE) by the Department of Homeland Security, to include the 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations.
Chief Sund is a recognized expert in critical incident management and active shooter preparedness and response. His experience involves being the on-scene incident commander on the 2009 shooting at the National Holocaust Museum, the 2012 shooting at the Family Research Council, and the 2013 active shooter incident at the Washington Navy Yard. In addition, he has handled dozens of criminal barricade and hostage situations with an impressive record of zero fatalities.
Sund has received numerous awards and certifications. Due to his knowledge and experience, he has been an instructor with the United States Secret Service in the area of major events planning and has taught Incident Command System (ICS) at the George Washington University as an adjunct professor. Prior to coming to USCP, he worked in the private sector for a nonprofit science, technology, and strategy organization as a director in the area of National Security and Intelligence.
Chief Sund received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Arts in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Assistant Chief Pittman joined the USCP in April 2001, and graduated from FLETC in September 2001. Her first USCP assignment was in the Senate Division where she provided security and protective details for U.S. Senators and visiting dignitaries. In 2006, she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the Department’s Communications Division. In January 2010, she was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the House Division.
In 2012, Assistant Chief Pittman was one of the first African-American female supervisors to attain the rank of Captain. While serving as Captain, she was assigned to the Capitol Division as the Executive Officer. As a commander, she supervised more than 400 officers and civilians, and led the efforts to provide the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. In December 2015, Assistant Chief Pittman was promoted to Inspector, and was assigned to the Office of Accountability and Improvement where she was the Chief of Police’s designee in responding to all of the Department’s civilian and sworn disciplinary appeals and grievances. In June 2018, she was promoted to Deputy Chief and was named Bureau Commander for the Command and Coordination Bureau.
Assistant Chief Pittman graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1991. She earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, in May 2019. She is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Public Administration from West Chester University. She completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in December 2018, and graduated from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ CEO Mentoring Program in July 2018.
Assistant Chief Thomas joined the USCP in April 1996. As a police officer, he served in both the House Division and the First Responders Unit. He went on to work as a special agent and later as a first-line supervisor with the Dignitary Protection Division. He subsequently held supervisory positions in the Special Events Unit and the Command Center.
As a senior manager, Assistant Chief Thomas was assigned to a number of diverse commands within the Department, including the Capitol Division, the Senate Division, the Hazardous Incident Response Division, and the Dignitary Protection Division. He also held administrative positions as an executive assistant to both the Chief of Operations and the Chief of Police, and he is a former commander of the USCP’s Crisis Negotiation Team. Assistant Chief Thomas was selected to lead the Department’s security planning for a number of National Special Security Events, including the 55th Presidential Inauguration, and the 57th Presidential Inauguration. He also commanded the USCP Field Force deployed for the 2016 Presidential Conventions in Cleveland, Ohio, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was promoted to Deputy Chief in October 2013, and has served as the commander of the Uniformed Services Bureau and since December 2015, has served as commander of the Protective Services Bureau. In June 2019, he was appointed to serve as the Acting Assistant Chief and Chief of Operations. Assistant Chief Thomas is a graduate of the University of Maryland, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. He attended the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police Session 43 in July 2009.
Mr. Richard L. Braddock has over 25 years of federal service, with a particular emphasis on government administrative operations. Since joining the U.S. Capitol Police in 2004, Mr. Braddock has served in a number of roles, to include: Chief of Staff, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, and Executive Officer for the Office of Administration.