The conflict between historical preservation and physical security is the reason you have people jumping the fence. Ever been to the whitehouse? That fence surrounding it is pretty, yet easy to circumvent. Its wrought iron, about 6' high, its straight up and down with a brick column every so often to support it. The paint on the iron is especially tacky. Good for getting a foothold.
Could a more modern fence that is taller and outward angled be installed? Sure. And it would virtually eliminate jumpers. But you have to get it past the wh curators office. I dont know who has final approval of what additions or modifications are added to the wh but i know the ss does not have that final say.
Over time, the ss has lost more and more bite because the needs of the staff trump the needs of security, today if you stay long enough you get a butler mentality, always trying to please whoever they are protecting and their staff. Compromise after compromise.
So if you make it far enough that you actually make some decisions, you have been conditioned. People who are good and would buck the system got fed up and left already. You cant throw a rock at another fed agency without hitting a FORMER ss agent.
As for the wh, thats the uniform division. Their morale has always been bad. Their bosses spend more time on chastising than leading, they are working 80 hour weeks. And the job is mindless. Stand or sit there and simply wait for the ninjas
To attack. They never do. When the occasional jumper jumps, it takes them off guard. So im not surprised.
Why is the leadership so bad? Idk, its been slowly eroded by political correctness, you have black female ud supervisors that commit fraud and instead of being fired they get promoted. Others losing guns. These are LT's and CPTs on the ud. Im not saying black females shouldnt be supervisors. But had those folks been white males they would have been shown the door.
Meanwhile they tell you to not harrass the staff. Bla bla
The agents in the field keep their heads down and dont speak out for fear of being unofficially black balled or sued for some type of equal opportunity thng.
Its no wonder things are awful.