Yogananda Pittman, a senior-ranking Black female law enforcement officer and HBCU graduate, has made history after her recent appointment as the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police department.
Pittman began her law enforcement career with the United States Capitol Police in April 2001, and she has steadily worked her way up the ranks to be named Assistant Chief of Police in October 2019.
In 1991, she graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. In 2018, she completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and graduated from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives’ CEO Mentoring Program. In 2019, she earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
“It is very important for young female law enforcement officers to see someone who looks like them in leadership positions. It says to them that these positions are obtainable and available to them. I enjoy being a mentor. I was very fortunate to have great mentors myself. Often officers will stop me and ask my advice, and it means a lot to me to be able to discuss their future plans and offer my insights. I am very appreciative of WIFLE and its mission, and for their selecting me for this honor,” says Pittman.
Her appointment comes just one week after the nation’s Capitol was breached by hundreds of Trump supporters, which resulted in multiple injuries and at least 5 deaths.