U.S. Secret Service

On July 5, 1865, the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) was created to prevent and investigate counterfeiting. This entry discusses the history of, careers within, and training for the USSS.

Initially, the USSS was a division in the Department of Treasury (Secret Service Division). At the time of its creation, it was only one of four federal law enforcement agencies, along with the U.S. Post Office Department’s Office of Instructions and Mail Depredations (now the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service), U.S. Park Police, and the U.S. Marshals Service. Because the U.S. Marshals Service was small in number, the USSS was often tasked to assist them in investigating other types of criminal activity, including murder, bank robbery, gambling, and other felonies. In 1867, the USSS was charged ...

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