- Two men seriously hurt in crash near Fruitland (9/21/16)3
- Driver charged with manslaughter in crash that killed 2 (9/27/16)
- Perryville man arrested for alleged patronizing prostitution, harassment (9/23/16)6
- Video and evidence largely confirm trooper's claims in April traffic stop shooting (9/23/16)9
- Cape man may lose eye after shovel beating, police say (9/25/16)2
- Funeral procession of former Cape Girardeau police chief Henry H. Gerecke (9/22/16)17
- Cape man accused of attacking pregnant girlfriend (9/22/16)
- Planning, design puts renovations of H-H building into hotel on hold (9/26/16)5
- Show Me Center upgrades may allow facility to draw more elaborate shows (9/21/16)17
- Woman accused of pushing Wal-Mart employee after theft (9/27/16)
Secret Service looking for more agents
WASHINGTON -- The Secret Service, faced with added demands after the terror attacks, plans to hire 476 new agents this year.
The service is already almost halfway toward its goal, having hired a little more than 230 people since October, said Service Service spokesman Jim Mackin.
"We're out there recruiting for these positions," he said. The service has been visiting college campuses, attending job fairs and running ads on the radio and in newspapers and magazines to find qualified candidates.
Of the 476 new agents expected to be added this year, 141 are being hired in response to the Sept. 11 attacks.
All the new agents will start out in field offices around the country, mostly working on investigations.
The Secret Service plays the lead role in protecting the nation's currency from counterfeiters and is responsible for investigating a wide range of financial crimes, identify theft, computer fraud and computer attacks on the nation's financial and telecommunications networks.
While some of the new agents might be exposed to the service's other main role -- protecting the nation's leaders and visiting foreign dignitaries -- they must have a certain amount of experience before being eligible for a full-time assignment in that field.