US Se­cret Ser­vice state­ment on fence jumper


Re­cently, Omar J. Gon­za­lez, W/M/42, of Cop­peras Cove, Texas, climbed over the fence on the north side of the White House com­plex and ran to­wards the front of the man­sion. Gon­za­lez failed to com­ply with re­spond­ing Se­cret Ser­vice Uni­formed Di­vi­sion Of­fi­cers’ ver­bal com­mands, and was phys­i­cally ap­pre­hended after en­ter­ing the White House North Por­tico doors.

The First Fam­ily was not in the res­i­dence at the time of the in­ci­dent and was en route to Camp David, Maryland. Ev­ery day the Se­cret Ser­vice is chal­lenged to en­sure se­cu­rity at the White House com­plex while still al­low­ing pub­lic ac­ces­si­bil­ity to a na­tional his­tor­i­cal site. The chal­lenge of se­cur­ing the White House com­plex from se­cu­rity threats is ever present. Although the of­fi­cers showed tremen­dous re­straint and dis­ci­pline in deal­ing with this sub­ject, the lo­ca­tion of Gon­za­lez’s ar­rest is not ac­cept­able.

In ad­di­tion to the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Gon­za­lez by the Se­cret Ser­vice’s Wash­ing­ton Field Of­fice, Di­rec­tor Ju­lia Pier­son im­me­di­ately or­dered the Se­cret Ser­vice’s Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Re­spon­si­bil­ity to con­duct a com­pre­hen­sive after ac­tion re­view of the in­ci­dent. The re­view find­ings will be sub­mit­ted to the Depart­ment of Home­land Sec­re­tary, Jeh John­son. This re­view be­gan with a phys­i­cal as­sess­ment of the site and per­son­nel in­ter­views. In ad­di­tion, the Se­cret Ser­vice will re­view all op­er­a­tional poli­cies and se­cu­rity pro­ce­dures dur­ing this process.

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