Massachusetts Native Named to Head the Boston Field Office of the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service

Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
December 30, 2013

David W. Hall was recently named Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Boston Field Office. In this role, he oversees all Diplomatic Security operations in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

“I am honored that the State Department has entrusted me with this vital position and I am eager to work with law enforcement and government partners in Boston and throughout New England,” said Hall.

The DSS Boston Field Office is one of eight regional offices across the United States that form the backbone of Diplomatic Security’s domestic mission: protecting high-ranking visiting foreign dignitaries; supporting the protection of the U.S. Secretary of State and other officials; conducting criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations; and coordinating security support for foreign missions, diplomats, and consulates in the United States. The Boston Field Office works in close cooperation with other federal, state, and local law-enforcement authorities.

Prior to assuming his new position, Mr. Hall served as the Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, where he was responsible for safeguarding Embassy employees, facilities, and information. To this end, Mr. Hall collaborated closely with multiple U.S. agencies and the Peruvian National Police.

Mr. Hall began his career as a special agent with the DSS in 1987. Since then, he has managed security programs, criminal and counterintelligence investigations, dignitary protection operations, threat analysis, countermeasures, international law-enforcement training, and security for major international events, both domestically and abroad.

From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Hall served as the Chief of the Diplomatic Security Counterintelligence Division. He served in the Boston Field Office from 1987-1992, the Chicago Field Office as the Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge from 2005-2008, and in various positions at Diplomatic Security headquarters, just outside Washington, D.C. In addition to Lima, he served at the U.S. Consulate General St. Petersburg, Russia, and the U.S. embassies in the Dominican Republic and South Korea.

Mr. Hall is the recipient of several Department of State Superior and Meritorious Honor awards, as well as numerous commendations and citations.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Stonehill College in Massachusetts and a Master’s of Science Degree from the National Intelligence University.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State's law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of more than 280 diplomatic missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. For additional information about the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, visit


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