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The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) provides security to the people, property, and information that are crucial to the Department of State’s role in maintaining a diplomatic presence and conducting of foreign policy around the world. DSS also assists foreign diplomatic missions in the United States on all security-related matters.

Protecting U.S. Facilities

DSS manages security for more than 100 Department of State facilities in the United States. This involves all types of security personnel—not only uniformed guards and K-9s—but security specialists, engineers, and technicians who survey, design, develop, install, and update technical equipment.

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Protecting U.S. Missions Abroad

The regional security office, located at U.S. consulate and embassies, provides a wide range of support to U.S. citizens and businesses abroad, as well as domestic and foreign law enforcement counterparts.

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Protecting the Secretary of State

A DSS protective security detail provides security for the Secretary of State seven days a week, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. The DSS protective security detail ensure the Secretary of State can safely and securely carry out U.S. foreign policy.

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Protecting Foreign Dignitaries

DSS coordinates all aspects of protective security details for certain foreign dignitaries visiting the United States.

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Protecting People at Major Events

DSS conducts long-term security planning and support for U.S. participation in international events such as the Olympics and Paralympic Games and domestic events with significant international participation.

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