Explainer: What Does the Secret Service Do?—PICTURES
Updated: April 16, 2012 | 12:06 p.m.
April 16, 2012 | 11:18 a.m.
Outfitted in dark suits and black sunglasses, Secret Service agents try to blend in.
Occasionally, though, they make headlines, as some members did over the weekend after they were relieved of duty amid allegations of involvement with prostitution. That prompts the question: What exactly does the Secret Service do?
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Founded in 1865 as part of the Treasury Department, the Secret Service to this day is charged with investigations involving counterfeiting in addition to protecting top federal officials, visiting foreign dignitaries, and major political candidates.
Here's a look at the agents on the job: