Tom McCarthy retired from the U.S. Secret Service as the Special Agent in Charge of the Syracuse, N.Y. Field Office in 1994. During his 24-year career he was assigned to both the Presidential and Vice Presidential Protective Details during the Nixon and Ford administrations and the Secret Service Office of Training.

McCarthy will share his experiences and his perspective as an instructor at an illustrated talk at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6:30 p.m.

This talk on U.S. Secret Service and the task of protecting at-risk public officials will explore the skills and resources utilized to mitigate risks encountered by public figures in the 21st century. Films of actual assassinations – some successful, some not – will be utilized to emphasize teaching points. Discussion will be encouraged.

McCarthy is a graduate of Northeastern University and a Vietnam veteran, and a retired U.S. Secret Service Special Agent. Since 1995, he has traveled worldwide – including to war zones – for the Department of State lecturing and providing training to host countries’ security forces. He has lectured extensively for other entities including the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Beside protective services, he lectures on terrorism, another area in which he has had personal experience. McCarthy has recently retired to Camden and is enthusiastic about providing education on these topics to various local organizations. McCarthy will give a talk on terrorism at the library in November.