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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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U.S. Department of State Antiterrorism Assistance Program:Training and equipping partners overseas to prevent the spread of terrorism worldwide
September 27, 2017. Crisis Response Unit (CRU) 222, Afghanistan’s elite anti-terrorism police squad, received an urgent call from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) regional security officer (RSO) at the U.S. embassy in Kabul.Sullivan. 

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Every Pouch has a Story
The Department of State Diplomatic Courier Service, which marks its 100th anniversary in 2018, ships tens of thousands of bags and containers, known as pouches, around the world each year (more than 116,000 separate items in 2017). Many of these pouches and diplomatic couriers have amazing tales to share.

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DSS Investigator Coordinates 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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