Bureau of Diplomatic Security
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.
Latest News From DSS
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.
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.
LEGENDARY SECURITY ENGINEERING OFFICER JOHN BAGNAL ADDED TO NSA'S INTERAGENCY TRAINING CENTER MEMORIAL WALL
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.
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.