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.
J. Thomas Manger
Chief of Police
Chief Manger was sworn in as Chief of Police on July 23, 2021. He has served 42 years in the policing profession, including more than two decades as Chief of Police for two of the largest police agencies in the National Capital Region. Most recently, he was Chief of Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, from 2004 to 2019. He also served as Police Chief in Fairfax County, Virginia, from 1998 to 2004. His leadership in regional law enforcement initiatives is extensive.
After graduating from the University of Maryland, Manger began his law enforcement career in January 1977, when he was sworn in as a Fairfax County police officer. He rose through the ranks to become Chief of Police. He received numerous awards in Fairfax County, including the Silver Medal of Valor in 1993.
During his career as police chief in Montgomery County, Manger received several national awards, including the 2007 Law Enforcement Award from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the 2016 Gorowitz Institute Service Award from the Anti-Defamation League, and the 2018 FBI National Executive Institute Associates Penrith Award. Manger was also inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2012.
In 2018, Washingtonian magazine recognized Manger as one of the Washingtonians of the Year. He also serves on the Cardinal’s Child Safety Advisory Board for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Elected by his peers to national leadership positions, Manger served from 2014 to 2018 as President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), and from 2013 to 2017 as Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
Assistant Chief of Police for Uniformed Operations
Assistant Chief Pittman has served as Assistant Chief for Protective and Intelligence Operations since October 2019. In that role, she is responsible for all operations concerning the safety and security of the U.S. Capitol, Members of Congress, staff and visitors to include threat detection and prevention as well as the physical security systems throughout the Capitol Complex. Prior to her promotion to Assistant Chief, she was named Deputy Chief and Bureau Commander for the Command and Coordination Bureau in June 2018. In that role she was responsible for the supervision of personnel and the management of key operations within the Department including the Command Center, communications/dispatch, court liaison, reports processing, emergency planning, and special events. From January 8, through July 22, 2021, she served as Acting Chief of Police.
Assistant Chief Pittman joined the USCP and entered the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Academy in Glynco, Georgia; graduating 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 where she supervised 142 officers, 10 supervisors, and several civilian employees.
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 where she supervised more than 400 officers and civilians, and led the efforts to provide the security footprint for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. Captain Pittman served as the sworn personnel lead representative/negotiator during the Department’s 2013 contract negotiations on the Teamsters Collective Bargaining Agreement. 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.
A native of Cambridge, Maryland, Assistant Chief Pittman graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1999. 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.
Assistant Chief Pittman 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. She is a member of Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE), the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Incorporated.
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.