The United States Secret Service Uniformed Division has one mission-- protection. Created by Congress on July 1, 1922, at the request of President Warren G. Harding, the force was originally called the White House Police. Its purpose was to provide protection for the Executive Mansion and grounds.

This remains the primary mission of the Uniformed Division; however, their responsibilities have expanded greatly over the years. Today the Uniformed Division is authorized to perform duties (as prescribed by the Director, U.S. Secret Service) in connection with the protection of:

- The White House Complex, the Main Treasury Building and Annex, and other Presidential offices;

- The President and members of the immediate family;

- The temporary official residence of the Vice President in the District of Columbia;

- The Vice President and members of the immediate family;

- Foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and throughout the United States, and its territories and possessions, as prescribed by statute.

Officers of the Uniformed Division carry out their protective responsibilities through special support programs and a network of foot patrols, vehicular patrols, and fixed posts.


New appointees receive intensive training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia, and specialized instruction at Secret Service training facilities in the Washington, D.C., area. Training includes course work in police procedures, psychology, police-community relations, criminal law, first aid, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and physical defense techniques. Classroom study is supplemented by on-the-job training and advanced in-service training programs. Firearms and physical fitness training are stressed throughout an officer's career.


The Secret Service Uniformed Division is always interested in qualified applicants. Career opportunities for those selected are excellent. During their careers, officers rotate tours of duty to ensure comprehensive knowledge of all branches of the organization. They may also compete for special assignments to further particular interests or expertise.



Applicants must be United States citizens and have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must possess a valid automobile driver's license and qualify for top secret clearance. Applicants must be less than 35 years of age when appointed to a Uniformed Division Officer position. Prior to being considered, they must pass a written exam. Qualified applicants will then receive a personal interview and must complete a polygraph examination as a condition of employment. Medical Requirements

Applicants must pass a comprehensive medical examination, which is provided at no cost to the applicant. Vision must be at least 20/40 in each eye, correctable to 20/20. Weight must be in proportion to height.

Selected applicants should be prepared to wait an extended period of time while a thorough background investigation is conducted.


- Overtime is compensated at the rate of time and one-half, or through compensatory time off.

- Uniforms and equipment are furnished and replaced at no cost to the officer.

- Officers are eligible for low-cost life insurance. Officers and their immediate families are eligible for membership in low cost Federal health benefit plans.

- Annual leave is earned at the rate of 13 to 26 days per year, based on length of employment. Prior Federal civilian or military service is creditable. Sick leave accumulates at the rate of 13 days per year without limit.

- Paid holidays.

- Excellent retirement benefits.

- Additional retirement credit is granted for prior military or government service, as authorized.

- Reasonable moving expenses to the Washington, D.C., area are paid.

For further information contact:
United States Secret Service
Personnel Division
1800 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20223