Examining the Effectiveness of Secret Service Training Essay

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Do Special Agents Receive Effective Training to Protect the President of the United States?
Examining the Effectiveness of Secret Service Training
Abstract
United States Secret Service special agents are charged with the primary responsibility of protecting elected officials. Agents are the backbone of the Secret Service and receive more training than any other law enforcement agency in the United States. The training they receive is un-like any other training they have ever experienced. The Secret Service is the only agency that trains its agents to shield and physically cover the protectee with his/her own person. Scholars have raised several questions since the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. One such example is: does
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Throughout this process, the applicant will complete a comprehensive background investigation, a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, medical examination, and physical examination. All these requirements gauge whether the applicant is suitable for Secret Service needs. Applicants must also meet the fitness standards set in place by the Secret Service. These fitness requirements include push-up, sit-up and, pull-up standards. In addition, a 1.5 mile timed run and several other physical activities challenge and eliminate applicants who do not meet the qualifications. Once applicants pass these initial requirements, a Special Agent in Charge culls the applicants through a series of interviews. Once this process is complete and the applicant accepts the employment offer, the candidate attends the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

FLETC and JJRTC Training Upon hiring, new agent trainees attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia for ten weeks. During this ten week period, trainees are enrolled in several courses such as firearms training, emergency response training, and the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) where they learn criminal law and investigative techniques, (United States Secret Service, 2010). Created in 1970, the FLETC

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