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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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MARCH 2017

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to U.S. interests originate

from abroad, DS is uniquely

positioned to help counter

and disrupt themmore effec-

tively than any other U.S. law

enforcement agency.

Overseas Criminal

Investigations

For the past 20 years,

DS special agents assigned

abroad have also served as deputy or assistant regional secu-

rity officers for investigations. Funded by the department’s

Bureau of Consular Affairs and embedded with their consular

colleagues, these dedicated criminal investigators, serving side

by side with local criminal fraud investigators (CFIs), advance

our interests by protecting the integrity of U.S. passports and

visas; supporting criminal investigations by other U.S. federal,

state and local law enforcement agencies; and serving as liai-

sons to foreign law enforcement partners.

DS has one of the largest and, arguably, most active, effec-

tive and influential global criminal investigation and liaison

programs within the U.S. federal law enforcement system. Its

agents are assigned to more than 100 embassies and consulates.

It also assigns agents to domestic field offices, interagency joint

terrorism task forces (JTTFs) and other U.S. federal law enforce-

ment agencies and centers;

the International Criminal

Police Organization (INTER-

POL) in Washington, D.C.,

and in Lyon, France; and,

since 2015, the European

Police Agency (EUROPOL)

in The Hague. Of particular

note, capitalizing on the

bureau’s global reach and

unique relationship within

the department, DS agents are key members of EUROPOL task

forces established to defeat terrorist transit in Europe through

visa and passport fraud investigations.

Counterterrorism Work

The Anti-Terrorism Assistance program is another DS capa-

bility unique to the U.S. federal law enforcement community.

The bureau provides civilian police-to-police training pro-

grams to enhance the anti-terrorism capabilities of our foreign

police partners, and has trained more than 100,000 students

since its inception in 1983.

Recently, ATA expanded to offer direct training of foreign-

partner explosive detection K9 teams at the DS Canine Valida-

tion Center in Virginia, one of the leading U.S. government

explosive detection training centers in the country. Another

The Anti-TerrorismAssistance

program is another DS

capability that is unique to the

U.S. federal law enforcement

community.

A Mobile Security Deployment agent stands watch on the perimeter while DSS special agents escort Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad

bin Nayef to a meeting with Secretary of State John F. Kerry during the 2016 U.N. General Assembly in New York City.

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