Cambridge native promoted in Capitol Police

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Assistant Chief Yogananda D. Pittman

WASHINGTON, D.C. — United State Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund announced the promotion of personnel to the positions of Assistant Chief and Deputy Chief effective Oct. 20.
“These commanders are committed to our mission and to the Department. The wealth of knowledge and experience they each bring to their new positions will assist us in continuing to raise the bar as we address new and emerging threats, ensure our operational readiness, and develop and implement new strategic goals and objectives,” said Chief Sund.

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, NY, 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.

Dion Banks of Cambridge said, “This young lady is a relative of mine who is a trailblazer in the United States Capitol Police Force! (USCP) She was the first black female promoted to the rank of Captain and the next higher rank of Inspector. She then became the first woman to become a Deputy Chief of Police and as of Oct. 18, she is the first woman to hold the rank of Assistant Chief of Police! The command structure of this 2,400 member police force consists of the Chief of Police, two Assistant Chiefs of Police and two Deputy Chiefs subordinate to the Assistant Chiefs. (FLETC) is the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Her resume speaks volumes.”

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