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Cambridge native Yogananda Pittman served in the U.S. Capitol Police for more than two decades, and was the first woman and the first African American to lead the Capitol Police, serving as Acting Chief of Police after the January 6, 2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

She joined the Capitol Police in 2001, and in 2012 became one of the first African American female supervisors. As Captain she supervised more than 400 officers and civilians and she led security planning for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. As Assistant Chief for Protective and Intelligence Operations from October 2019 through January 6, 2021, she was responsible for all operations concerning and safety and security of the U.S. Capitol, members of Congress, staff, and visitors.

In 2020, Chief Pittman received the Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s Outstanding Advocate for Women Award. Now Chief of Police for the University of California, Berkeley, Chief Pittman graduated from Morgan State University (B.S. in Psychology) and Marist College (Master’s in Public Administration), and is a PhD candidate at West Chester University (Public Administration). She is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, a ember of Women in Federal Law Enforcement and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Chief Pittman is one of 12 women featured on the Dorchester Women’s Mural.

Credit: The story is from the Dorchester Women’s Mural,