US Secret Service Heap Praise for Bulgarian CounterpartsDefense | September 25, 2012, Tuesday // 12:12| views
The Head Secretary of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Chief Commissar, Kalin Georgiev (l), with the US Secret Service Deputy Director, A.T. Smith. Photo by Interior Ministry
The US Secret Service give exceptionally high marks to its partnership with the operational units of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry.
The news emerged Tuesday, after talks in the US between the Head Secretary of the Interior Ministry, Chief Commissar, Kalin Georgiev, and the US Secret Service Deputy Director A.T. Smith.
Georgiev is on a five-day working visit in the US in the company of the Chief of the Main Directorate National Police, Chief Commissar, Angel Antonov.
The first-day agenda included meetings with senior Secret Service employees. In addition to A.T. Smith, the two held talks with the Service's Assistant Director Paul S. Morrissey, along with heads of its main units – cybercrime, financial crime, and counterfeit money, which were also the main topics of discussion. They further visited the Service's special labs.
A.T. Smith highlighted Bulgaria as a secure and reliable partner. He stressed cybercrime is a growing challenge, while organized crime becomes international with the advancement of technology, thus the need of real-time bilateral partnership between law enforcement authorities.
The US reiterated readiness to continue to assist Bulgarian Services by conducting a variety of trainings, adding the US Services also have a lot to learn from their Bulgarian colleagues.
Georgiev and Antonov are scheduled to visit Tuesday the FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.
The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. The Secret Service was established in 1865, solely to suppress the counterfeiting of US currency. Today, the agency is mandated by Congress to carry out dual missions: protection of national and visiting foreign leaders, and criminal investigations.
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