Member's Only Secret Service T-Shirt
The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security charged with conducting criminal investigations and protecting U.S. political leaders, their families, and visiting heads of state or government. They also provide physical security for the White House Complex, the neighboring Treasury Department building, the vide president's residence, and all foreign diplomatic missions in Washington, D.C. The protective mission includes protective operations to coordinate ,manpower and logistics with state and local law enforcement, protective advances to conduct site and investigate all manners of threats made against protectees.
After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide presidential responsibility for presidential protection.
Until 2003, the Secret Service was part of the Department of the Treasury, as the agency was founded in 1865 to combat the then-widespread counterfeiting of U.S. currency. The Secret Service still preforms these duties safeguarding the payment and financial systems of the United Stated from a wise range on financial and cyber-based crimes. Financial investigations include counterfeit U.S. currency, bank and financial institution fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, illicit financing operations, and major conspiracies. Cyber investigations include cybercrime, network intrusions, identity theft, access device fraud, credit card fraud, and intellectual property crimes.
The Secret Service special agent position is highly competitive. In 2011, the Service accepted less than 1% of its 15,6000 special agent applicants. Prospective agents must also qualify for a TS/SCI (Top Secret / Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance, and undergo an extensive background investigation, to include in-depth interviews, drug screening, medical diagnosis, and full-scope polygraph examinations.
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