Announcing the New Portsmouth Resident Office
By Anna Bultrowicz, Diplomatic Security Public Affairs
After a long, arduous search that spanned several years, the agents and staff of the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Portsmouth Resident Office (PSRO) have found a new home.
The new resident office is in the “perfect location” according to Resident Agent in Charge Jason Crosby. Located in a commercial office building located on the former Pease Air Force Base, the new office allows the PSRO the space it needs to advance and grow while still remaining near enough to the National Visa Center (NVC) and the National Passport Center (NPC) to provide rapid response to any security or investigative incident.
“Not only has the new office given staff a little more room,” said Crosby, “it has provided the agents with the equipment and infrastructure necessary to do their jobs at the highest level.”
On June 17, 2016, acting Office Director for DSS Field Office Management Ricardo Colón, Boston Field Office Special Agent in Charge David Hall, and Consular Affairs (CA) colleagues from the NVC and the NPC joined with the agents and staff of the PSRO for a tour and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the newest Portsmouth Resident Office.
After the tour and ribbon-cutting, DSS and CA leaders inaugurated the PSRO’s conference room, where they gathered to discuss: the PSRO’s continued responsiveness to the NPC and NVC, fraud detection efforts and trends, and future CA initiatives. Back in 2011, when the new NPC was built, CA had graciously provided space to house the PSRO. However, the PSRO’s rapidly expanding investigative portfolio and increasing staff numbers resulted in the PSRO quickly outgrowing this space.
This is the PSRO’s second move since its occupancy of the Mary Ryan Building, a shared visa and passport space.
The PSRO covers all of Northern New England for the Boston Field Office. It is responsible for the investigation of passport and visa fraud and is the protective and counter-intelligence liaison in New Hampshire and Maine.