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Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents and security professionals are assigned to regional security offices in every U.S. embassy and in most U.S. consulates around the world.

The regional security office manages a range of physical, technical, cyber, and personnel security programs to reduce threats to U.S. embassies and consulates and the Department of State workforce.

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Security Programs at U.S. Embassies and Consulates

The regional security office works closely with U.S. consular affairs office to provide timely information on local safety and security conditions.
DSS also provides recommendations on protecting against crime, civil unrest, terrorism, or other threats.

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Law Enforcement Liaison to the Host Nation

As the Department of State’s primary point of contact with host nation law enforcement and security agencies, the regional security office works with foreign police and security counterparts to coordinate U.S. law enforcement initiatives, investigations, and training.

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Newly trained first responder volunteers at the U.S. Embassy in The Hague prepare to sponge down an embassy Marine Security Guard during the decontamination portion of an exercise simulating a chemical, biological, radiological & nuclear incident, April 26, 2018. (U.S. Department of State photo)

Safety and Security for U.S. Citizens Abroad

The regional security office works closely with a U.S. post’s consular affairs office to provide timely information on local safety and security conditions. DSS also provides recommendations on protecting against crime, civil unrest, terrorism, or other threats.

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Antiterrorism Training for Foreign Police and Security Officers

Through the Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) program, the regional security office provides antiterrorism training and equipment to law enforcement agencies of partner nations throughout the world.

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Security Information for the U.S. Private Sector

The regional security office provides timely information for the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) to distribute safety- and security-related information to its constituency of more than 4,600 U.S. companies and organizations with overseas interests.

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