Gainer doesnít think so. Ropella will be responsible for communicating manpower deficiencies as they arise, he said, and in the meantime the Capitol Police board is discussing whether the IGís office could borrow some resources from the chief of policeís team to conduct audit and investigations.
Officer Shennell Antrobus, a Capitol Police spokesman, said the department is already working with the police board and Congress on a plan that would address the broader effects of the sequester.
ďThe plan is carefully designed to accommodate the reduced funding levels; with the goal of ensuring that the safety and security of the Capitol complex will be maintained,Ē Antrobus said in an email.
Not everyone is terribly concerned over the future of the inspector general position, however: Capitol Police Labor Committee President Jim Konczos said he doesnít recall much of a difference between before and after an IG was installed within the agency, and he said the current system appears to favor senior managers over the rank and file.
ďFrom the unionís perspective, and the officersí, a lot of these complaints that go to the IGís office, itís kind of like a black hole,Ē Konczos said.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.