Cops and Writers Podcast

113 In The Line Of Fire With Author And Secret Service Agent Mark Brandenburg!

April 09, 2023 Patrick O'Donnell / Mark Brandenburg Episode 113
Cops and Writers Podcast
113 In The Line Of Fire With Author And Secret Service Agent Mark Brandenburg!
Show Notes

Today we are in the Line of Fire with Special Agent Mark Brandenburg of the United States Secret Service. 

Mark started his career in law enforcement in the Olathe, KS, Police Department (a suburb of Kansas City). He was assigned to patrol, served as an FTO, and was a member of the tactical support unit.

In 2001, Mark was hired by the USSS as a special agent. His second day of training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, was 9/11.

Began career in the Chicago Field Office investigating financial crimes

In 2008, Mark moved to Washington, DC, and served 5 1/2 years on the Presidential Protective Division during the Obama administration. During this time was a member of the shift protecting the president and served on the Transportation Section that advances the motorcade routes. Mark drove the presidential limo (The Beast) on many occasions.

From 2017 - 2019, Mark was a supervisory agent on the Vice-Presidential Protective Division during Mike Pence’s tenure. 

February 21, 2023, Mark published his first novel, Fence Jumper, which is a humorous political thriller about a suspended USSS agent who discovers the supposedly kidnapped wife of a senator running in the presidential primary. 


In today’s episode we discuss:

·      The reason Mark joined law enforcement. 

·      Why Mark joined the United States Secret Service.

·      What it was like to be on his second day of training 9/11 to be a special agent with the secret service.

·      What was involved in investigating financial crimes?

·      What it is really like on the presidential protection detail. 

·      The importance of staying politically neutral. 

·      Favorite and not-so-favorite part of being on the presidential protection detail.

·      What are the common errors in movies / T.V. regarding the secret service? (To Live and Die in L.A. and In the Line of Fire)

·      How much fun is it to drive the presidential limo nicknamed the Beast?

·      Mark’s debut novel, Fence Jumper.

All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

Check out Mark's debut novel
Fence Jumper!
Have questions?
Email Mark.

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