Secret Service Seeks Researchers For “Integral” Work On Threats In U.S.

Secret Service Seeks Researchers For "Integral" Work On Threats In U.S.

By Kevin Deutsch

Uncle Sam wants you to come work for the U.S. Secret Service.

Famous for its mission protecting American presidents, the agency is hiring social science researchers to join its Office of Strategic Intelligence and Information, whose staffers do some of the most fascinating work in government.

Candidates will serve as Social Science Research Specialists for the National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC).

“This position will allow individuals to apply social science research concepts to the prevention of targeted violence, including mass attacks at schools, workplaces, and other public locations,” the agency said in a recruitment message.

Candidates should have research experience and knowledge of criminology, psychology, terrorism, or a related social science field.

The NTAC was established in 1998 to provide research and guidance supporting the Secret Service protective mission and to others in government with public safety responsibilities.

The center’s staff comprises a multidisciplinary team of social science researchers and regional program managers who “support and empower” law enforcement, schools, government, and other public and private sector organizations to combat threats of targeted violence impacting communities across the U.S., the agency said.

Recent research by the center included a study on averting school violence, which examined 67 disrupted plots against K-12 schools and highlighted the importance of proactive reporting and intervention. Another project at the center involved in-depth research culminating in a public report on mass attacks in public spaces in the U.S.

The report examined 34 targeted attacks that occurred in public or semi-public spaces— schools, places of business, houses of worship, and open spaces—from January through December 2019. During the study, NTAC researchers examined the tactics, backgrounds, and pre-attack behaviors of the perpetrators to identify best practices in threat assessment and prevention.

James M. Murray, Director of the Secret Service, has called the NTAC “an integral resource for the agency’s no-fail mission to safeguard this nation’s highest elected officials.”

To apply for the social researcher positions, visit USAJOBS.

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Kevin Deutsch

Kevin Deutsch
Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.

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