New York – Patrick J. Freaney has been named special agent in charge (SAIC) of the U.S. Secret Service New York Field Office. With more than 20 years of experience with the Secret Service, Mr. Freaney most recently served as the deputy special agent in charge (DSAIC) of the New York Field Office and its four subordinate offices.
Promoted to DSAIC in December 2019, Mr. Freaney oversaw daily protective and investigative agency operations and led a team of more than 300 employees.
Mr. Freaney began his career with the Secret Service in the New York Field Office in July 2000, and held various roles within the agency throughout his career. Prior to his supervisory assignments, Mr. Freaney was assigned to the Counter Assault Team within the Special Operations Division, and later served on the Presidential Protective Division for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
As a supervisor, Mr. Freaney oversaw protective operations within the district of the New York Field Office as an assistant to the special agent in charge (ATSAIC). In this role, he focused on the office’s protective teams and operations and served as the national special security event coordinator for the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Freaney was responsible in this capacity for implementing and executing an operational security plan to accommodate the visits of approximately 170 heads of state and government to the New York City area.
Following his ATSAIC role, Mr. Freaney was assigned to the position of resident agent in charge of the White Plains Resident Office, where he was responsible for principal oversight of all investigative, protective and administrative matters for the six counties of Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan. In this role, he was directly responsible for the development and maintenance of collaborative working relationships with all federal, state and local law enforcement partners.
Mr. Freaney was subsequently promoted to the position of assistant special agent in charge (ASAIC) of investigations for the New York Field Office, planning and executing the strategic vision of the Electronic Crimes Task Force and the Financial Crimes Task Force. Mr. Freaney also served as the ASAIC of administration and oversaw the office’s administrative budget and capital expenditures. In this role he additionally ensured compliance requirements, such as evidence maintenance, property accountability, vehicle fleet management, and procurement processes, for all New York Field Office employees.
Prior to joining the Secret Service, Mr. Freaney served as a trooper with the New York State Police in 1998 following his graduation from Siena College with a bachelor of arts, cum laude. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources, development and training from Seton Hall University and is a graduate of the Key Executive Leadership Program of American University, the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Program from American University, and the Executive Leaders Program of the Naval Postgraduate School.