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What is the Diplomatic Security Service?

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The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) was founded in 1916 as the Office of the Chief Special Agent. It assumed its current title in 1986. A Federal law enforcement organization, the DSS is represented domestically and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas. DSS has Special Agents assigned to domestic field offices throughout the United States as well as over 155 countries. No other Federal law enforcement entity is more broadly represented globally than the agents of the Diplomatic Security Service.

Domestically, DSS agents are responsible for the protection of the Secretary of State, foreign diplomatic missions and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they conduct investigations into violations of U.S. passport/visa laws and false identity crimes.

Overseas, DSS agents serve in U.S. Embassies and Consulates as the mission’s Regional Security Office. The agents serve as the Ambassador’s principal adviser on terrorism and criminal, counter-intelligence, and security matters. Additionally, they conduct investigations on behalf of U.S. federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.

Experienced in serving both domestically and abroad, Special Agents of the Diplomatic Security Service provide a unique service to the citizens of the U.S. They take pride in the motto “Serving America Around the World.”

What is the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association?

The Diplomatic Security Special Agent Association (DSSAA) is not a government agency, but is a fraternal, benevolent association, classified as a non-profit 501(c)(6). Become a member of DSSAA today!

The association exists to foster the development of professional and personal relationships between DSS Special Agents, DSS personnel (former and current), other fraternal law enforcement organizations, law enforcement agencies and members of the intelligence community. We strive to establish a focal point of communication and promote the exchange of information regarding matters that are of mutual concern to DSSAA members.

While the DSSAA cannot serve as a bargaining unit, it endeavors to actively promote projects designed to support and benefit its members. Additionally, the DSSAA takes into account that an agent’s family is an integral part of the DS organization. With our agents being asked more and more to operate in hostile environments, the fact that the DSSAA is standing by to assist family members during a crisis offers some relief and support to the DS Agent serving overseas.