The United States Secret Service is a United States federal law enforcement agency that is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The sworn members are divided among the Special Agents and the Uniformed Division. Until March 1, 2003, the Service was part of the United States Department of the Treasury.
The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, today the Secret Service is mandated by Congress to carry out two significant objectives: protection and investigations.
According to the National Law Enforcement Museum, the Secret Service was established in 1865 on the very day Abraham Lincoln was assasinated.
"Established in 1865 by Abraham Lincoln on the same day he was assassinated, the Secret Service has only been working at presidential inaugurations since 1885."
Initially, only the president received Secret Service protection, and in 1913, this was expanded to include the president-elect. The president’s immediate family was added to the list of those protected by the Secret Service in 1917, and the vice president was added in 1951. As a result of Robert Kennedy’s assassination during the 1968 presidential election campaign, major presidential and vice presidential candidates and nominees also joined that list.
The foundation is dedicated to helping members of the Secret Service Family and other law enforcement families in time of need. The Foundation has been able to provide over $1,000,000 in financial support since its inception.
Today, the U.S. Secret Service fights crime on a global scale through its field offices located in the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The agency works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement organizations.
United States Secret Service Uniformed Division (UD) officers provide protection for the White House Complex, the vice president's residence, the main Treasury Building and Annex, and foreign diplomatic missions and embassies in the Washington, D.C., area.
Training includes coursework in police procedures, firearms, physical fitness, psychology, police-community relations, criminal law, first aid, laws of arrest, search and seizure, physical defense techniques, diplomatic immunity, international treaties and protocol.
The U.S. Secret Service’s protective mission began after President William McKinley’s assassination in 1901.
Twelve agents were disciplined or lost their jobs following allegations that some brought back prostitutes to their Cartagena hotel rooms days before President Obama's April 14 arrival in the city for a diplomatic summit.
The Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service was founded in 1971 to bring together former and current employees of the Secret Service for comradeship, friendship and support in time of need.
It was not until 1902 that the Secret Service provided full-time protection for the president of the United States.
Each point of the Secret Service star represents one of the agency’s five core values: justice, duty, courage, honesty and loyalty.