Randolph “Tex” Alles, the new director of the US Secret Service, is working to increase the number of personnel working for the agency which currently employs approximately 6,500 individuals. In an effort to widen the candidate pool, Alles is working to relax the current marijuana drug policy to allow the circumstances surrounding a person’s previous marijuana use to be considered.
As reported by CNN, the updated policy would not longer disqualify an applicant based solely on the number of times they previously used marijuana. Instead, a “whole-person concept” would allow the last age the applicant used the drug as well as the length of time between their last use and the date of application to be considered.
Other parts of the screening process, such as the use of polygraphs, will remain unchanged.
Within the next eight years, Alles is looking to bring the total number of Secret Service employees up from the current 6,500 to nearly 10,000 agents. The hope is to increase morale in the agency, as the director recognizes the impact around-the-clock shifts and last-minute assignments has on the force.
The Secret Service is responsible for the investigation and prevention of financial crimes within the country as well as protecting the current US President and former US leaders and their respective families. Existing law requires 24-hour protection to be provided to family members of the President as well as any properties the president may use, regardless if anyone is currently onsite.
Speaking regarding the protection requirements for President Trump, his family, and his many properties, Alles said, “I think between that and the fact that he has a larger family, that’s just more stress on the organization. We recognize that.”
Trump is known to spend weekends at his waterfront property in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, as well as his golf course in New Jersey.
While Alles recognizes the Secret Service cannot “dictate his travel,” the agency does work closely with presidential staff members to meet their needs. “We interface with his staff on how they schedule things and what works better and causes us less resource demands,” said Alles.
Referencing the increasing number of threats affecting the country, Alles said, “We need more people. The mission has changed.” He went on to say, “It’s more dynamic and way more dangerous than it has been in years past.”