Regional Security Office

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A Regional Security Office is the office at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate that oversees all functions of security. It is headed by a special agent of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) who has the title of Regional Security Officer (RSO).

The employees of a Regional Security Office are responsible for the safety and security of all Americans at post. This includes managing security for official buildings, as well as residences.


Within a Regional Security Office, and under its RSO, may be found Assistant RSOs, Office Management Specialists and other assistants. In addition, the Engineering Services Center/Office, and the Marine Security Guard detachment office, which report through the RSO, are considered to be sub-units of the Regional Security Office.


The U.S. Diplomatic Security Service is the most widely represented law enforcement organizations in the world;[clarification needed] it has the capability to track and capture fugitives who have fled U.S. jurisdiction to avoid prosecution.[citation needed] During 2009, DSS assisted in the resolution of 136 international fugitive cases from around the globe.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Ramzi Yousef - captured by U.S. Diplomatic Security utilizing Rewards for Justice (RFJ)
  • Rewards for Justice - money for information leading to the capture of terrorists, administered by U.S. Diplomatic Security


  1. ^ "DSS collaborates with America's Most Wanted". 2010-02-26. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-09-10.

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