A special officer screens a visitor before assigning temporary entry passes to a guest.
The facilities surveillance system, building intrusion alarms, along with fire and panic alarm systems are carefully monitored by special officers.
State of the art X-raying screening assures the integrity of personal items, mail and packages.
To be considered for special officer positions you must:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- All applicants must be at least 21 years of age at time of application.
- Visual acuity must be correctable to 20/20 in each eye
- Qualify for a Top Secret clearance and undergo a complete background investigation, to include driving record check, drug screening, medical and polygraph examinations
- Familiarity with all phases of protective responsibilities sufficient to assist in protective movements, cover designated security posts and drive protective vehicles
- Proficiency in the use of various firearms
- Knowledge of arrest techniques and procedures
- Successfully complete all required training
- Present proof of eligibility for veterans preference
- The Secret Service prohibits employees from having visible body markings (including but not limited to tattoos, body art, and branding) on the head, face, neck, hand and fingers (any area below the wrist bone).
Special officers provide physical security to guard against unauthorized access, tampering and vandalism of property.
Special officers travel in support of the protective details.
Verifying and maintaining a protective security post is one of the duties of a special officer.
- Carrying a firearm while performing duties and maintaining firearms proficiency
- Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law
- Initial appointment to the special officer position is in the excepted service
Maximum Age Entry Restriction
On August 26, 2009, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a memorandum for all Heads of Departments and Executive Agencies related to hiring of preference eligible veterans applying for federal positions with maximum entry-age restrictions.
As directed by OPM, the U.S. Secret Service will conduct an analysis of all Secret Service positions having maximum entry age restrictions to determine whether a maximum entry age requirement is essential to the performance of the position. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference who exceed the current maximum entry age requirement will continue to be processed during this ongoing analysis. No final determination regarding affected applicants will be made until completion of this analysis. If it is the determination of the U.S. Secret Service that the requirement is not essential to the position, then the Agency will waive the maximum entry-age requirement for veteran's preference eligible applicants for that position.
Proper notification to all affected parties will be published when the analysis has been completed.