Friday, March 7, 2014

How to pursue a career with the United States Secret Service

On Feb. 20, Peirce welcomed Camille Harris from the Uniformed Division of the United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C. for a special informational session on job opportunities with the Secret Service presented by The College’s Criminal Justice Department.

Camille’s presentation covered several behind-the-scenes but crucial positions in the Uniformed Division:
  • Criminal Research Specialist. A Criminal Research Specialist provides research and analytical support to investigators. Every day, they rely heavily on the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to perform highly complex and detailed research-oriented projects to support open protective intelligence cases; use and develop computer applications to track these cases; and act as a liaison between government agencies and financial institutions concerning criminal intelligence matters. 
  • Fingerprint Specialist. A Fingerprint Specialist has the delicate and sensitive task of performing fingerprint identification assignments. They can find and enhance fingerprints on virtually any surface and use them to solve open cases. 
  • Intelligence Research Specialist. Also known as an Investigative Analyst, Intelligence Research Specialists analyze information related to persons of interest of any group threatening those that the Secret Service is sworn to protect. 
  • Training Development Specialist. Much like in any other organization, a Training Development Specialist in the Secret Service evaluates the department’s current knowledge, skills, attitudes, and performance to identify any weaknesses and develop a plan to meet the needs of the division. 
Camille also went over the basic requirements that you must meet in order to be considered for a job with the Secret Service:
  • Must have a college degree.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Must be younger than 37 years old at the time of your appointment (unless you are a veteran, in which case you may be 40).
  • Must pass the United States Secret Service physical fitness test.
  • Must pass the United States Secret Service written exam.
  • Must have a clean criminal record.
You can find more information about open positions in the Secret Service by visiting the Secret Service website

Last week, the Peirce College Criminal Justice Department also held informational sessions on careers in Homeland Security, intelligence writing, and a presentation on Intelligence Communications 101 by Erik Miller of Warning Star Intelligence. For more information about any of these sessions, please contact me at 215.670.9278 or email me at