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Thursday
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The Protection of U.S. Presidents and Foreign Heads of State

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Former U.S. Secret Service agent Radford Jones will provide a brief history of the U.S. Secret Service and his experiences while protecting six presidents and many foreign heads of state. He will discuss some major investigations of threats, including security issues, incidents, and historical events that occurred during his assignments. Archival photographs will be shown during his presentation.

Jones retired from the U.S. Secret Service as a special agent in charge, where he had assignments in field operations and presidential protection. He was involved in security planning for political conventions, presidential inaugurations, and security advance activities worldwide. He received a number of citations during his career, including one for the apprehension of a person who attempted to burn himself in front of the White House.

Following his retirement from the Secret Service, Jones was the manager of security and fire protection with Ford Motor Company, where he was responsible for global security and fire protection programs. After his Ford career, Jones joined the school of criminal justice at Michigan State University as an instructor and academic specialist. Jones has made presentations on disaster management, travel security, and asset protection related topics around the world and has appeared on television and radio. The author of “The Critical Incident Protocol – A Public and Private Partnership at MSU,” Jones has written articles for Police Chief Security Management and other publications.

Jones received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and completed graduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C. In 2005, he was inducted into the MSU Criminal Justice Hall of Fame in recognition of his contributions and distinguished service in the field of criminal justice. In 2009, he was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the 25 most influential persons in security.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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