While the majority of people might recognize the name, quite a number have no idea about how the U.S Secret Service came into existence as an investigative and law enforcement agency that preceded the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unites States Secret service came into existence in the 19th century (1865) as a division of the American Treasury to probe and prosecute counterfeiting crimes of the American currency. At that particular time, the United States was struggling with the issue of counterfeiters which saw the need for criminal justice agency bestowed with the mission to fight the menace. Incidentally, the Secret Service was now solely responsible in protecting the Department currency, but following the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, it was now imperative for the federal agency to now indulge in the mission of protecting the president.
The Secret service has two crucial missions among others: that of safeguarding the honor of the United States currency and protecting the president and his family as well as the visiting dignitaries. As a matter of fact, in the wake of 2003, the United States Secret Service was amalgamated in the Department of Homeland Security as part of an overall reorganization of the federal law. Similarly, as a section of it missions, the Secret Service works hand-in-hand with related federal agencies, though their operations are practically disguised in order its operations are effective. The Secret Service is endowed with high professional, trained and educated employees. Additionally, apart from safeguarding the American treasury, the Secret Service carries out an investigation on securities and financial fraud, in other words, money laundering and electronic fraud. As mention early, the Secret Service protects the incumbent president and their close families, they do also offer their protection services to the Vice president, former presidents as well as high profile officials like presidential candidates who have received substantial threats to their lives. Currently, the U.S Secret Service provides the variety of job opportunities to over six thousand able people whose responsibilities range from special agents to administrative professionals. Meanwhile, the Secret Service agents are permitted to possess firearms, make arrests without warrants; administer warrants and to probe any danger laid upon financial crimes that have the effect on federally insured institutions. Similarly, the agents of Secret Service are permitted to provide and issue rewards for services rendered and fact findings overseeing to the arrest of culprit’s pertaining in the breach or potential breach of provisions of the law.
Additionally, the Secret Service agents are sanctioned to pay charges for unanticipated contingencies of a classified nature under the direction of the Secretary of Homeland Security. Moreover, at the inquiry of any State or local law enforcement agency, the Secret Service is permitted to carry out forensic and investigative assistance involving missing children. Needless to say, the Secret Services carry out cybercrime probing, assessing of documents for falsification and investigation of teller machine fraud and Visa fraud. As part of their mission, the Secret Service, as entailed to provide material evidence that can be used in a court of law for prosecuting as well as overseeing the forfeiture and seizure of property as instructed by a court of law. During national event, the secret service, carry out the security sweep of those particular venues to ensure that there are not any anomalies or breach of any nature.