When he was an FBI agent, Congressman Michael Grimm participated in an undercover Wall Street sting and, donning the nickname “Mickey Suits,” helped bring down members of the Gambino crime family. Earlier, he stormed Iraq as part of the first Gulf War.
Now Grimm is offering to put some of that training to use, writing to Speaker John Boehner that he is willing to brief new members about security, and making recommendations about the kind of security training that lawmakers should get.
“I recommend a very simple, seminar-like training to include visual aids such as power point presentations and supporting hand-outs, not police academy training or advanced tactics,” Grimm writes. “Simply stated: security based situational awareness training.”
Earlier this week, Grimm warned against any “reactionary legislation” to the Arizona shooting.
Full letter below:
January 11, 2011
The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker of the House of Representatives
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Speaker Boehner,
I am writing to humbly and respectively recommend that the following action be considered in response to the horrific tragedy, which resulted in the grave injury to our colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the deaths and injuries of all those involved in the incident.
As a former law enforcement officer, I strongly recommend that New Member Orientation include a formal security training program where new Members receive reference documents related to their personal security and that of their, family, staff, and constituents. Many newly elected Members of Congress have never been in the public spotlight and may not have the experience or knowledge of basic techniques that will help increase their situational awareness in regards to public security. I firmly believe this training will be beneficial in various situations, from accidents and illnesses to acts of violence or terrorism they may encounter.
This briefing and training can be done easily and cost effectively implemented by the Office of the Sergeant at Arms/Capitol Police and integrated into Member briefings on a recurring basis every session. Repetition of such knowledge will better equip the entire Congressional staff with proper responses to a myriad of possible security scenarios. I recommend a very simple, seminar-like training to include visual aids such as power point presentations and supporting hand-outs, not police academy training or advanced tactics. Simply stated: security based situational awareness training.
I have full faith and confidence that whatever decision House leadership arrives at will be in the best interest of all Members of Congress, and thus, you will have my fullest cooperation in implementing any such measures deemed appropriate. If you believe my law enforcement experience could be of service to you please do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.
MICHAEL G. GRIMM
Member of Congress