Top House law enforcement officer tackles surge of ‘swatting’ incidents with congressional guidance

The top law enforcement officer assigned to the House of Representatives is turning his attention to a recent uptick in “swatting” incidents against lawmakers and their family members, offering guidance on how to address such incidents when they occur.

The House sergeant-at-arms sent a letter to members and their spouses on Tuesday addressing the rise in swatting, a lawmaker confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The letter provides a list of actions members can take when such an incident occurs, such as contacting the Sergeant at Arms Police Services Division or local law enforcement officers.

“The goal of swatting is to initiate an emergency response, such as a SWAT team responding to the Member residence, creating a tense and volatile situation. The first sign of swatting is often law enforcement showing up at your house expecting an
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