Untrained Volunteers Allegedly Used in Presidential Motorcade

Secret Service faces criticism for what some see as a security risk.
2:08 | 12/27/14

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A fresh embarrassment this morning for the secret service and this comes after a very, very rough year. It has come to light that the agency has been using untrained volunteers to drive some of the vehicles in the presidential motorcade. ABC's Jim Avila with the president in Honolulu, Hawaii has the very latest. Reporter: You would think the middle of a presidential motorcade would be no place for amateurs. But right there among the secret service and the police just yards from the president is an untrained volunteer. The president on the way back from his morning workout in Hawaii. His SUV buried in the middle of as many as 20 imposing secret service black cars and local police escorts. Also in the middle of the pack, a few cars back from the president himself rose the lowly white house press core van driven by -- well, just about anyone. Untrained volunteers like 24-year-old Natalie Tyson. She posted her picture next to the president's limo along with a question wondering why anyone would trust me with a 15-passenger van full of reporters. And young Natalie admitted she got her job because a friend at the white house casually called her and asked. I think the selection process for the drivers on the white house end is subpar. I think it's been subpar for a long time. Reporter: But is it safe to have a novice driving among the professionals and so close to the president. The secret service in a statement points out that normally there's no other traffic on the road. The press who they escort around, they're not a component of the secure vehicle package. Reporter: The ranking democrat in the homeland security committee tells ABC news that times have changed and the new secret service leadership should find a way to put trained officers on all presidential motorcades. Dan and Paula? Jim, thank you. As we said this has been a tough year for the secret service.

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