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JJ Hensley – From Secret Service Agent to Thriller Writer

Episode 153 – JJ Hensley – From Secret Service Agent to Thriller Writer

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JJ Hensley began his career in the public service as a police officer with the Chesterfield County (Virginia) Police Department, in 1997. He performed the duties of a patrol officer and it was here that he would later get his introduction to investigative work. In January 2000, JJ Hensley joined the U.S. Secret Service as a Special Agent and was he was then assigned to the Richmond Field Office. Where he primarily conducted protective assignments as well as investigative work that encompassed a variety of economic crimes. During his tenure in the Richmond Field Office, JJ also received a U.S. Attorney’s award for his performance.

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In 2002, He then transferred to the Washington Field Office where he would continue to work protective assignments and he also conducted numerous protective intelligence cases. Hensley also served as a team leader over the office’s Recruitment and Personnel Squad which interviewed and conducted polygraph examinations on its applicants. In 2004, he began working at Secret Service Headquarters for the agency’s Intelligence Division. JJ collected information regarding potential threats to the agency’s protectees and also then provided analyses regarding the aforementioned data. He also conducted protective advance work with regard to intelligence matters.

Hensley later moved to the training field in 2006 by taking up the position of an instructor for background investigators for OPM at their facility in Western Pennsylvania. While he was with OPM, he transitioned to a supervisory position and then took on the responsibilities of an Accreditation Manager for what would eventually become the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB). JJ would remain at NBIB until he later transferred to the U.S. Marshals Service in 2017.

JJ Hensley is also a fantastic thriller writer! His first novel RESOLVE was named one of the BEST BOOKS OF 2013 by Suspense Magazine. It was also named as a finalist for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers organization.

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In this episode with JJ Hensley

  • Learning a little bit more about the Secret Service, Treasury Service, Home and Security
  • How the Secret Service handles any cases
  • The idea behind Secret Service stations
  • Secret Service has many large organizational elements (local and state elements)
  • Mr. Hensley preferred more detailed job and advanced work
  • Creating imaginations in scenarios
  • An example day that really stands out for JJ Henley in the Secret Service life
  • How do you get the mental switch to flip, where you can run toward a danger rather than away from it?
  • Requirements for getting into the Secret Service
  • What makes you decide to go straight to the place?
  • He is a huge audio book fan of David Baldacci
  • Books regarding protecting details
  • Books published by JJ Hensley
  • What do you prefer: Reading in print or listening to audio?


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