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We Stand Ready

We Stand Ready - Ronald Rowe, Deputy Assistant Director, United States Secret Service (USSS)
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Ronald Rowe, Deputy Assistant Director, United States Secret Service (USSS), describes how the USSS stands ready to protect the President, its protectees and America’s youth by following up on every threat.  Learn how the USSS keeps the homeland safe by safeguarding National Special Security events and combating active shooters, online child exploitations and cyber bullying. 


Please welcome to the stage, Deputy Assistant Director Ronald Rowe, United States Secret Service. Madam Secretary, Madam Deputy Secretary, distinguished guests. Since into 1865, the United States Secret Service has faithfully served the nation in times of peace and in times of war, and while we're more well known for protecting the President of the United States, we were built upon the rock of our investigative experience that goes back more than 150 years. Our founding operatives, as they were called back then, distinguished themselves as the nation's first federal Criminal Investigative Service. In addition to protecting the nation's financial system, they investigated civil rights violations, human trafficking, naturalization fraud, and dismantled espionage rings. When we were transferred to the newly created Department of Homeland Security, we brought our unique skillset an integrated mission of Investigations and Protective Operations to ensure that our children would never have to witness another day like September 11th 2001. We brought our legacy of excellence, which is a product of a highly skilled Secret Service workforce who are dedicated to service and are committed to lay down their lives if necessary to protect our nation's highest elected officials. Since March 2003, I've matured as a Homeland Security Professional. I've been proud to serve as a member of investigative teams that have brought some of the world's most wanted cyber criminals to justice here in the United States. These investigations have dismantled transnational organizations of malicious cyber actors seeking to attack our financial sector and would have created dire effects throughout the world's economic system had we not intervened. My colleagues and I have been able to give back to the community through the Secret Service's 20-year partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, otherwise known as NCMEC. And it's been my pleasure to work on Operation Safe Kids and leverage our relationship with NCMEC and promote child safety by educating parents and providing training to prevent online child exploitation and cyberbullying and it makes me proud to know that I'm part of an organization that not only protects the President of the United States but is also trying to protect America's youth. However, our most critical investigative responsibilities is following up on every threat directed towards our protectees. And as a result of these investigations, we've developed an expertise that assists us in evaluating individuals that may be heading down a pathway towards violence. And through our National Threat Assessment Center, we are sharing our experience with our state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement partners on approaches to identify and stop active shooters before they carry out their attacks at schools and places of worship and places of work and at large gatherings. And as the tragic events that have unfolded in the last few weeks, we take that mission very seriously now more than ever. I've also had the opportunity to be part of a team that has secured some of the world's most high-profile events in the form of 60 National Special Security Events and we're grateful to our DHS colleagues who have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us during some of these events and have gone through the crucible of presidential campaigns with us, and for that, we truly thank you. While the integrated mission of Investigations and Protective Operations is unique to the Secret Service, it has contributed to the Department's mission of keeping our homeland safe and I'm just one of more than 7,000 dedicated professionals, the many men and women of the United States Secret Service, who stand ready.
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