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Federal Law Enforcement Hiring: Your Complete Guide

Chris McConnell


Police Officer

U.S. Secret Service
Uniformed Division

Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president’s residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area. Uniformed Division officers carry out their protective responsibilities through a network of fixed security posts, foot, bicycle, vehicular and motorcycle patrols.

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“Being a Secret Service agent might be a stoic, macho job. It is also a little bit like being pregnant with the president.”

Read The Making of a Secret Service Agent at the Washington Post

Salary – Uniformed Division Officers start at the LE-1 grade level with a starting salary of $50,787 in 2009.

Qualifications – Be a U.S. Citizen between the age of 20 and 40 at the time of appointment and possess 20/60 vision uncorrected, 20/20 corrected. Male applicants will be required to have previously registered with the Selective Service.

New hires will go through a 12-week training session at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and 13-weeks at the James J. Rowley Training Center located near Washington, DC.

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