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10 Things You Didn't Know About The US Secret Service

When it comes to protecting the President of the United States, the Secret Service are on the job all day long. There are a few tidbits about them that aren't all that secret. Here's a list of 10 things you might not know about the world's biggest law enforcement agency.

#1 No Protection For The President.

On the night of Lincoln's assassination, the Secret Service was implemented. It wasn't until the assassination of William McKinley that they decided to include presidential protection to their agenda.

#2 Fake Money Problems.

The original purpose of the Secret Service was to find and destroy counterfeit money being used.

#3 Rare Death.

Surprisingly, only one Secret Service agent was killed in the line of duty. Leslie Coffelt was murdered while protecting President Truman.

#4 Candidates Need Love, Too.

The Secret Service never protected presidential and vice presidential candidates until Robert F. Kennedy was killed in 1969 after he defeated Eugene McCarthy in the primaries.

#5 Code Names.

The Secret Service have codenames for everything, including the White House, which is known as Castle. Barack Obama's codename while in office was Renegade; his wife Michelle was known as Renaissance.

#6 No Traitors Allowed.

Not one person that has ever been a part of the Secret Service turned out to be a spy.

#7 A Massive Unit.

There are over 6,500 members of the Secret Service; 3,200 of them have office jobs around the world.

#8 More Than Bodyguards.

Aside from protecting the president, Secret Service agents handle cases involving identity theft and credit card fraud.

#9 Protection After The Term Ends.

The Secret Service are authorized to protect former Presidents and their first ladies for life after their final term.