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Criminal Justice student interns with U.S. Secret Service

By Jordan Hoke

Jhoke@my.madonna.edu

While some of us spent summers out by the pool and relaxing, Madonna Criminal Justice student Bryant George spent his summer in Washington, D.C., doing his third of four internships with a federal agency interning with the United States Secret Service in Washington D.C.

When working with the Secret Service this summer, George’s main job was to conduct different protocols, such as:  securing a site, planning in advance for an world leader, and also knowing emergency routes of the area.

“The best part about working with the Secret Service was going to Presidents Obama’s detail site in Tyson Corner, Va.,” George said. “Here, I was able to shadow agents that were working hard to secure the premises for the Presidents and observing the ins and outs of how to make this happen.” During this time, I went up on the rooftops with the sniper shooters of the Uniform Division team, and also I went to different points where the agents stood post and monitored every aspect of the surrounding buildings,” said George

In the D.C. area, Secret Service protection is the No. 1 priority, and the investigations he was exposed to contained suspects counterfeiting U.S currency and checks, and stealing identities of U.S citizens. With the dual mission of the Secret Service, he was able to obtained knowledge of both investigations, particular with white- collar crimes, and preparing for the worst on the protection side of the agency mission.

George’s career dream is to be a U.S Marshall, CEO, and founder of his own mentoring and scholarship foundation program for inner city children who may not make it out of middle school, high school, or college.

George has completed a federal internship with the United States Marshall Service in Detroit. His second internship was with the United States Secret Service in Washington, D.C., and currently he is interning with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives Agency (ATF).

In addition, he is going through a background check with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which would be his fourth federal internship.

“We are very proud of Bryant. He is a driven student who is realizing and achieving his dreams,” said Madonna criminal justice professor, Tom DeGalan.