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Former Secret Service Agent Appointed to Reagan Family Pursues Love of Psychology

In his 20 years in law enforcement and the military, Timothy Franklin has experienced many daring and fulfilling moments.

He has served in the U.S. Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan; was a Secret Service agent in charge of protecting U.S. presidents; and is currently a federal police officer.

Timothy, a 2010 graduate of the master’s degree in Forensic Psychology program at Argosy University, Phoenix, started his career in 1991, when he became a reserve patrol officer for the City of Anaheim (California) Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force with the Air Force Space Command.

As a deep-space radar crew commander and satellite control officer, Timothy spent 15 years between active and reserve duty. In 1998, he was appointed special agent for the Secret Service. For nearly six years, he worked financial investigations, protective intelligence cases, and protective missions with former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

His last assignment was with former President Ronald Reagan and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

“By far, the highlight of my professional career was serving on the protective detail for former President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan,” he says. “I felt honored to have a front seat to history during my entire tenure with the U.S. Secret Service, but working with the Reagans allowed me special insight into a very unique period of American history. I will never forget being present with President Reagan in his final years of life — it was a very private and special journey.”

In 2003, he was recalled to active duty in the Air Force to support ongoing missions in Iraq and Afghanistan working in satellite communications.

After serving for a year, he became the director of operations for clients in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Iraq, and the United States.

“However, I never lost interest in the psychological aspect of psychological interviews, which I did as a Secret Service agent,” he says. “Because of this, I left consulting and started grad school to study Forensic Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.”

While attending Argosy Univerity, Timothy was hired to work in his current position as a federal police officer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also currently enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program at Argosy University, Phoenix.

He advises students to be active in learning and willing to go the extra mile.

“Your educational experience is what you make of it — you will reap great rewards if you are willing to put forth additional effort beyond the minimum requirements,” Timothy says.

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