By: Laura Meyers
The US Capitol Police will soon be participating in a new potty training program to learn how to use the bathroom without leaving their guns behind for children to find.
There have been three incidents in 2015 where a police officer has left a firearm in a bathroom stall. One gun was discovered by a child.
“We are now providing additional training on what to do when you have to go to the bathroom,” Capitol Police Chief Kim C Dine told Congress.
The hearing on the new training revealed that one officer assigned on a security detail to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stuffed his pistol and a magazine into a toilet seat cover container inside a Capitol bathroom stall.
Another officer assigned to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) left his gun in the speaker’s restroom with a young child nearby.
A third officer abandoned his weapon in a restroom at the U.S. Capitol Police headquarters.
The officers have been disciplined, but not reassigned or suspended.
To try and combat the problem, Capitol Police Chief Dine testified that “there is no excuse for leaving guns behind in toilets and more lockers are being installed to store firearms.”