The Regional Security Office is led by a Regional Security Officer (RSO) who is responsible for all embassy security programs, to include the protection of U.S. government facilities, residences, and personnel in Burkina Faso. The RSO, who is a Special Agent of the Diplomatic Security Service, serves as the advisor to the U.S. Ambassador on all security-related matters and manages all embassy security programs. The RSO also conducts liaison activities with Burkina Faso law enforcement and security agencies to ensure a secure working and living environment for Americans citizens living in Burkina Faso. The Regional Security Office manages a Local Guard Force (LGF) which provides protection for Embassy facilities and residences, Local Investigators who conduct liaison activities and background investigations, and an administrative staff.