Carl J. Truscott

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Carl J. Truscott was appointed April 1, 2004, by then Attorney General John Ashcroft as the 6th Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the U.S. Department of Justice, "responsible for the Bureau's enforcement of the federal firearms, explosives, and arson laws, as well as its jurisdiction relative to the federal alcohol and tobacco diversion laws." [1]


At the time of his appointment to ATF, Truscott was serving with the U.S. Secret Service, "where he [had] served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Protective Research [since January 12, 2003,] and was responsible for the Secret Service’s investigative and protective intelligence, threat assessment activities, technical security, information technology, emergency preparedness, as well as science and technology. Prior to his term as Assistant Director, Mr. Truscott served as the Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division, where he had primary responsibility for supervising all protective matters relating to the President, First Family and the White House." [2]

"Truscott protected Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush." [3]

"Mr. Truscott began his tenure with the Secret Service in 1981 as a Special Agent assigned to the New York Field Office. Subsequent career assignments include several seniorlevel management tours of duty at the Service’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Director and the Office of Inspection, as well as an assignment in the Fraud Division. Mr. Truscott also served a tour of duty in the managerial ranks in the Los Angeles Field Office. During this assignment, Mr. Truscott was asked to be the security coordinator of the 1996 Republican National Convention. During his Secret Service tenure, Mr. Truscott also worked as a detailee to the United States Senate as a staff member on the Appropriations Committee during the 105th Congress." [4]

"Mr. Truscott has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his distinguished law enforcement career, including: the Director’s Life Saving Award in 1986; Senior Executive Service performance awards in 2001 and 2002; a Special Award for Distinguished Service to the Executive Office of the President in 2002; and the Presidential Rank Award as Meritorious Executive in 2003.

"Mr. Truscott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware in 1979. He attended the 'Contemporary Executive Program' at The George Washington University in 1998; the 'Executive Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security' at Harvard University in 1999; and the Director of Central Intelligence’s 'Intelligence Community Senior Leadership Program' in 2003. Mr. Truscott is a native of Marlton, New Jersey, and began his law enforcement career in 1980 as an Investigator for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety." [5]

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