|SPECIAL SECURITY DIVISION
SSD Light Cruisers resupplying at SSD HQ in orbit around a Class M Planet near the Badlands Sector
PREMISE: The SSD are special agents in charge of security (hence the name). The logo for the SSD is the scale of justice. Above all the SSD believe in Justice, in the upholding of it and the dispensing of it. They remind me of Secret Service agents or those of the CIA and FBI. The underlying goal of the fictional SSD is the safety and security of the Federation. They are experts in security, weapons, tactics, and a variety of specialized skills. One agent can be assigned to augment a Star Fleet Security Force in a variety of circumstances. Agents can be placed undercover aboard any Federation starship, be it civilian or military, pirate organization, and even Maquis cells. They answer directly to the Federation Council and will not allow any individual or organization to stand in the way of their goal. Here is an experpt from "Death's Angel":
A Special Security Division had been established very early in the development of Star Fleet. The black-clad group of elite security investigators was sometimes jokingly referred to as the Federation's equivalent of the Texas Rangers. But there was also an undertone of fear and dislike in Star Fleet's relationship with the SSD. There had been accusations of Gestapo-like techniques, and a general feeling that the end justified the means; also, the strange esprit de corps that existed among the members of the Special Security Division was frightening to many of the Federation's other ranking officers. The Special Security Division felt no loyalty to anything but the Federation and the SSD. They gave no quarter in their investigations, and should a high-ranking Federation official be implicated in a crime or misdeed, there was no bargaining with the Special Security Division. 'Justice' was their motto, and let the chips fall where they might. They respected no one, and their loyalty to their code of ethics was unbreakable. They were a necessary force but a feared one.
The Special Security Division was based on the novel
Death's Angel written by Kathleen Sky. The cover on the left is the original, while the one on the right is the reprint.
A Word About Charity and the SSD
In our everyday lives, police, fire and rescue workers are taking time to save others. The Special Security Division of Maquis Forces International offers thanks for these individuals, and pay our respects to these people by dedicating this branch to their service – and, more importantly, to those who have sacrificed their own lives in efforts to save others. It is with utmost respect that we wish to emulate the dedication of those Emergency Response professionals within this Branch of Service in our organization. To that end, we encourage the following:
For those Operatives or Field Units wishing to take part in such endeavors, we encourage the idea of doing community service. Such things as helping post and share Amber Alerts, doing neighborhood watch, collecting stuffed animals for Teddy Bear Patrol, or supporting our police, fire and rescue workers by sharing in their other charitable, informative, outreach and volunteer services are all things that we can make efforts to do, and share in. Other community service can include the appearance for, and serving on (if selected), jury duty when called upon. Or to take part in Honor Guard ceremonies (when asked or invited to do so) is also something we encourage you to do, if you are so inclined.
Likewise, covering convention or special-event security, may be something you can help with. Taking or teaching CPR classes, as a potential way to help save lifes; or working as a life-guard for a day at the beach are other ways to potentially honor the real-life counterparts of the SSD.