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Secret Service Holding Recruitment Event at University of Hartford

Special Agent Kent McCarthy, a 1996 graduate of the University of Hartford. Courtesy of UHart

The University of Hartford, in West Hartford, will be a recruitment hub for the Secret Service.

By Ronni Newton

The University of Hartford is one of just a few locations in the tri-state area chosen to serve as a recruitment hub for the United States Secret Service, and on Feb. 26 and 27, the Special Agent Entrance Exam will be given on the West Hartford campus.

Special Agent Kent McCarthy, a 1996 graduate of UHart, was instrumental in forging the relationship between the university and recruitment efforts for the Secret Service’s Special Agent Talent and Achievement Recruitment Program (STAR Program) and the Secret Service Police Engagement and Recruitment Program (SPEAR Program).

Those attending the recruitment event on Feb. 26 and 27 will have the opportunity to be considered for a position on an expedited basis by taking part in the Applicant Physical Abilities Fitness Test and taking the written examination for becoming a member of the Secret Service, and having access to professional and security interviews all within a few days time. The application process generally takes several months.

“We will do a portion of the hiring process right here on campus,” said McCarthy, who is in charge of administration and recruitment at the Secret Service’s New York Field Office. “Typically, the testing and interview phase takes close to two months, but with this event, it’ll take about a week.”

He said the goal will be for offers to be made to college seniors prior to graduation in May, for enrollment in training that begins in June.

“Thank you to the University of Hartford for being such an excellent partner and hosting this event,” said Patrick J. Freaney, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s New York Field Office. “This is not only an outstanding opportunity for anyone looking for an interesting and rewarding career, but the chance to start the hiring process. I look forward to meeting the future agents and officers of the Secret Service.”

In order to be considered for the STAR program, applicants who are college seniors must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. The program is open not just to UHart students but to all college students who otherwise meet the requirements.

The SPEAR program, which leads to a Uniformed Division officer position, is open for application to anyone 20 years of age with at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.

Applicants to either program must be in excellent physical shape, have good credit, and be able to pass a polygraph test. The physical fitness test includes benchmarks for push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, and a 1.5-mile run. Additional information about policies, requirements, and applying can be found here.

“I’m thrilled that the University of Hartford is partnering with the United States Secret Service on this initiative,” said Criminal Justice Program Director and Associate Professor Kelly McGeever. “The program will streamline the application process for criminal justice majors and other qualified students interested in pursuing a rewarding career in federal law enforcement. This collaboration is a testament to our commitment to helping students secure employment after graduation.”

Questions about the process can be addressed to [email protected] or [email protected].

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