Date: 03/04/2014 Location: Kiev Description: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center) talks with a religious leader and views the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine as a Diplomatic Security special agent (right) keeps a watchful eye. The agents of the Diplomatic Security Service protect the Secretary 24/7, anywhere in the world. (AP/ Wide World Photos) © AP Image
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (center) talks with a religious leader and views the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine as a Diplomatic Security special agent (right) keeps a watchful eye. The agents of the Diplomatic Security Service protect the Secretary 24/7, anywhere in the world. (AP/ Wide World Photos)

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State. DS is a world leader in international investigations, threat analysis, cyber security, counterterrorism, security technology, and protection of people, property, and information.

The Bureau is responsible for providing a safe and secure environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigates passport and visa fraud, and conducts personnel security investigations. Operating from a global platform in 31 U.S. cities and more than 160 foreign countries, DS ensures that America can conduct diplomacy safely and securely. DS plays a vital role in protecting 275 U.S. diplomatic missions and their personnel overseas, securing critical information systems, investigating passport and visa fraud, and fighting the war on terror.


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History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Date: 11/07/2011 Description: DS History images - State Dept ImageExplore the origins and read about the people and key moments of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security as presented in this official, comprehensive history.


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Diplomatic Security 2012 Annual Report
Date: 06/13/2013 Description: Cover of 2012 DS Year In Review - State Dept Image
Learn more about the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in the 2012 DS Year In Review.

Significant Attacks

Date: 08/05/2013 Description: Cover of the 2013 edition of ''Significant Attacks Against U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel.''  - State Dept Image

Read the 2013 edition of Diplomatic Security's Significant Attacks Against U.S. Diplomatic Facilities and Personnel.

DS History Photos

Date: 1917 Description: 1917: The first Chief Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State, Joseph M. Nye, is appointed by U.S. Secretary of State Robert Lansing in 1917 and serves until 1920. His principal duty initially is to monitor enemy diplomatic activities in Washington and to protect foreign dignitaries visiting the United States, during the period of the First World War. (Source: Library of Congress) © Library of Congress
View the "Diplomatic Security Pictorial History," a collection of photos depicting key moments and people in DS's history.

Political Violence Against AmericansDate: 09/09/2013 Description: Cover of 25th anniversary edition (1987-2012) of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans. - State Dept Image

Read the 25th anniversary edition (1987-2012) of Diplomatic Security's Political Violence Against Americans report.


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