10 Unknown Facts About the Secret Service
Here are 10 uncommon facts about the Secret Service, like why it was created, how many offices it has around the world and how many employees they have.
Secret Service - 10 Uncommon Facts - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats.
Here are 10 uncommon facts about the Secret Service.
Number 10 - Many people are not aware that the Secret Service was initially created to combat counterfeiting of U.S. currency.
Number 9 - Their mission was expanded to include the US President's protection only after the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.
Number 8 - Today, they have a dual mission - to safeguard our financial systems and to protect certain political leaders. Since 2003, they have made nearly 30,000 arrests in connection with financial crimes.
Number 7 - Secret Service code name for President Obama is Renegade and for Michelle Obama, it is Renaissance.
Number 6 - Former Presidents who were in office before 1997 receive lifetime protection; however, Presidents in office post-1997 receive 10 years of protection after leaving office.
Number 5 - President Bill Clinton is the last President to receive lifetime protection.
Number 4 - The spouses of former Presidents also receive secret service protection unless they remarry.
Number 3 - You may be surprised to learn that the Secret Service has over 150 offices around the world.
Number 2 - They have nearly 6,500 employees - made up of special agents, Uniformed Division officers and others.
Number 1 - In 1870, Secret Service headquarters were moved to New York City only to be moved back to Washington, DC in 1874.