What do you know about the Secret Service? For most of us the answer is-not much. The only thing I knew about the Secret Service is that they protect the president. Since the Secret Service plays such a critical role in Blue 52 I thought I’d do a little research and find out more about it. I hope you enjoy reading what I found out. If you know more about this organization please feel free to tell us in a comment. All I’m giving you is a little basic knowledge.
The Secret Service is one of America’s oldest federal investigative law enforcement agencies. It was founded in 1865 as a branch of the U.S. Treasury Department. It was originally created to combat counterfeiting which was a serious problem at the time. They didn’t get involved in protecting the president until 1901 following the assassination of President William McKinley in Buffalo, New York. So today they have two major goals: protection of the president, the vice-president, and other high government officials and protecting our financial infrastructure.
Secret Service agents are authorized to do all of the following things:
Make arrests without warrants if necessary
Offer rewards for information
Investigate certain kinds of fraud
Would you like to be a Secret Service agent? If so, be aware that you’ll have to pass a full background check that lasts anywhere from six to nine months. They’ll be checking your employment and police records, credit history, school transcripts, and military records. They’ll also be asking your neighbors and acquaintances about you. To be hired you’ll have to be able to get Top Secret government clearance.
Still want to join up? If you’d like to be an agent here’s the place to start: http://www.secretservice.gov. Lots of luck!