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Social Science Students Fly High in Tour of Secret Service Training Academy

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Students from the Sociology, Criminal Justice and Human Services Department at The Mount recently traveled to the Secret Service Training Academy in Beltsville, Maryland, for an orientation and tour of campus. They participated in various training activities that agents practice and learned about the elite nature of the Secret Service, an agency dating back to the Civil War era that protects the president, vice president and their families, but also is involved in protecting the nation's financial system.

secret-service-car.jpg“We are an elite law enforcement agency,” one instructor explained. “When you come here, it means you are one of the best of the best.”

Students began in the classroom with a history lesson about the agency, then proceeded to experience a 3-D, real-time virtual training classroom; a high speed driver training complex (where students could be a passenger for a “test drive” of a police-model Charger); a garage tour of famous presidential vehicles used by the Secret Service; and a demonstration in the academy’s museum of firearms.

Many Mount graduates who major in sociology, criminal justice or human services go on to work in law enforcement and/or for federal agencies. Sergeant Kevin Porter encouraged the students to consider the Secret Service as an option: “Our agency is an employer of choice and employment with our agency could be within the realm of the possible for those of you that believe that you are up to our agency’s motto of 'The Elite…The Worthy…The United States Secret Service.'”

The students were accompanied by Department Chair Jack Trammell, and the trip was organized by Criminal Justice Professor Joe Vince. Many such activities are sponsored by the department to help Mount students explore future career options.