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The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State. It bears the core responsibility for providing a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.

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Date: 06/14/2017 Location: Nairobi Description: Although still in chains, this young man smiles outside the Gigiri police station in Nairobi after his rescue by Kenyan police, June 14, 2017. (U.S. Department of State photo) - State Dept Image

DSS Investigator in Nairobi Coordinated Rescue of Dozens from Somali Re-Acculturation Facilities in Kenya

In June 2017, the Assistant Regional Security Officer-Investigator (ARSO-I) at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi worked with State Department consular officers, other U.S. federal agencies, foreign embassies, and the Kenyan National Police Service’s Serious Crime Unit (NPS) to successfully locate and rescue individuals held against their will at three ethnic Somali re-acculturation facilities.

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Diplomatic Security Service special agents arrive with a fugitive in custody at San Francisco International Airport, September 27, 2017. (Photo courtesy of El Dorado County (CA) District Attorney's Office)

DSS Criminal Investigative Liaison Office: An Investigative Resource for the Entire U.S. Law Enforcement Community

More than 250 fugitives in 2017 were located by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents posted overseas working with host nation law enforcement officials to investigate crimes. Once found, DSS coordinates with various U.S. agencies to return them to the United States.

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On May 25, 2018, NSA added Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Security Engineering Officer (SEO) John Bagnal’s name to its Interagency Training Center (ITC) Memorial Wall – the only name added in 2018. A legend at DSS, Bagnal served at the U.S. Department of State for 52 years – first as an SEO protecting U.S. embassies across the world, then later as an instructor at the DSS training center.

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A U.S. Marine sits at the site of U.S. embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, April 18, 1983.  (AP/ Wide World Photos)FORMER MARINE SECURITY GUARD REMEMBERS THE 1983 BOMBING OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT

On the afternoon of April 18, 1983, Sgt. Charlie Light – then the Marine Security Guard (MSG) assistant detachment commander at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon – was sitting in his office spit-shining his boots in preparation for an upcoming inspection when suddenly, at 1:05 P.M., everything went black.


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