BELTSVILLE, Maryland — As a kid, Erica Remshard had big dreams of what she might be when she grew up.
Legos and Hot Wheels were her go-to toys, and she loved playing sports outdoors. The Ohio native thought she'd become either a detective or a professional athlete.
At 28, she's found a career that, in a way, fulfills both of those aspirations. Remshard is a United States Secret Service special agent trainee, set to graduate from its academy this December. The agency has a unique integrated mission of protection and investigations, and the job requires applicants to be in peak physical condition.
"I was never a law enforcement officer, but wanted to learn more about it from watching TV shows growing up, and I wanted to use my prior experience as an investigator," said Remshard, previously a contract cyberthreat analyst for the government. "The Secret Service is a law enforcement officer's elite program in cybercrimes."