Regional Security Office

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The Regional Security Office (RSO) is the name of the office at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate which oversees all functions of security. It is headed by a Special Agent of the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service, who has the title of Regional Security Officer (RSO). Within the Regional Security Office, and under the 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 employees in this office are responsible for the safety and security of all Americans at post. This includes managing security for official buildings as well as residences.


Because the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service is the most widely represented law enforcement organizations in the world, its capability to track and capture fugitives who have fled U.S. jurisdiction to avoid prosecution is unmatched.[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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