Men and women of Diplomatic Security

Special Agents
Diplomatic Security special agents are federal law enforcement officers who serve worldwide. Overseas, our special agents advise ambassadors on all security issues and coordinate all of a mission's security programs. In the United States, agents investigate passport and visa fraud and protect the Secretary of State and visiting foreign dignitaries.

Security Engineering Officers
Security engineering officers are highly skilled professional engineers who serve worldwide. Security engineers are responsible for the technical and informational security programs at our diplomatic and consular posts overseas. In the United States, engineers provide support for our overseas operations.

Security Protective Specialists
Security Protective Specialists (SPSs) are non-career appointees who supplement DS special agents in the supervision of contractor personnel at certain U.S. embassies, consulates and regional offices abroad. SPSs work with DS Special Agents to ensure that a DS SPS or Special Agent is always present and involved with every protective motorcade element.

Security Technical Specialists
Security technical specialists are assigned throughout the world to develop, implement, and maintain technical security programs at U.S. diplomatic missions.

Diplomatic Couriers
Diplomatic couriers ensure the secure movement of classified U.S. Government material across international borders.

Civil Service
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security has a dedicated cadre of Civil Service employees who work in a variety of disciplines.