The Department of Special Services is a self operating state government child agency under the State of San Andreas Department of Justice primarily tasked with the protection of high ranking government officials (i.e. the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Chief Justice, State Secretaries and Senators) and the security of municipal and state owned government properties. Established in 2008 as the 'Los Santos Mayoral Security Detail' primarily for the Mayor we now combine first-rate personal protection and intelligence to counter any kind of threat against any high ranking government officials from all layers of the San Andreas Government.
The Department of Special Services was established in 2008 as the 'Los Santos Mayoral Security Detail' as a part of the Los Santos City Government. The Department of Special Services has grown from a small team staffed by a few operatives with one simple task to protect the mayor, to an organization with a wide variety of protectee's and other related responsibilities.
On October 1, 2016, the 'Bureau of Special Services' was transferred from the Los Santos City Government to the State of San Andreas Department of Justice. The transfer also came with an official name-change from the 'Bureau of Special Services' to the 'Department of Special Services'. Recognized for its central role in the protection of the state’s leaders and critical infrastructure of the State of San Andreas, the Department of Special Services contributes to the State of San Andreas Department of Justice’s common mission of protecting the American people from harm.
Today, the Department of Special Services works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement organizations. These entities are valued partners of the Department of Special Services, and they are integral to the Department’s investigative, protective and security endeavors.
The Department of Special Services had never suffered from any casualties in the line of duty up until February 17, 2017 when Deputy Director Daniel Spencer was murdered whilst working on a protection detail. Deputy Director Daniel Spencer was the first Department of Special Services employee to be killed in the line of duty.
After serving one year as the 24th Director of the Department of Special Services with a break in between, Governor Jesse Styles appointed Chris Feller as the 26th Director of the Department of Special Services on September 11, 2016. He is the first African American to hold the department in the history of the state.
After an impressive career serving in the United States Federal Government in multiple different sectors with a combined 31 years of service, Mr. Feller had been hired into the Department on February 1st, 2015 as a Deputy Director.
Shortly after his appointment as Deputy Director he was eventually nominated and appointed as the Director of the Department of Special Services.
Prior to joining the Department of Special Services, in 1982 he served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Regiment. Mr. Feller had been deployed several times during his service to Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Iraq and has partaken in several known military operations such as Operation Urgent Fury, Operation Just Cause, Operation Restore Hope (I & II), Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, Operation Iraq Freedom, Operation Vigilant Resolve and Operation Phantom Fury.
He became a training instructor for the U.S. Marine Corps until 2004 when his military employment ended after 22 years of service.
In 2006, Mr. Feller had been employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a Special Agent in Charge where he was stationed in Washington D.C., Washington. Where he specialized in intelligence, espionage and (counter)surveillance operations.
In 2009, Mr. Feller has been working for the State Department's, U.S. Diplomatic Security Service as a Special Agent in Charge. On May 2009, he had been assigned as the head of security for the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands 'til May 2010 where he was relocated and reassigned to the U.S. Embassy in Suriname conducting the same duties.
In 2016, Mr. Feller had been appointed the Executive Director for the Office of the Mayor with the Los Santos City Government under the Katherine Summers administration. He was responsible for the city's security and crisis management planning and emergency plans, public relations, mayor's security and government affairs.
Michael Wicker was appointed Deputy Director of the Department of Special Services on February 17, 2017.
Mr. Wicker has more than 29 years of national-level experience in operational and executive staff functions, facility and security operations; national security and contingency policy, planning and program management; strategic and tactical communications; and crisis-action decision making. A former Marine, he has been a member of the Executive Staff since February 2017.
Prior to joining the Department of Special Services, Mr. Wicker served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1987. He was deployed to his first overseas mission in 1990 to participate in the 'Gulf War' in Kuwait. After his first deployment, Mr. Wicker also participated in; Operation Restore Hope (I & II) and Operation Silver Wake.
In 2000, Mr. Wicker worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as a Special Agent for four years. He was stationed in the state of Colorado where he worked on various investigations and participated in numerous arrests and seizing operations.
In 2004, he was given the opportunity to apply for the United States Marshals Service (USMS) where he worked for four years. Mr. Wicker worked for the U.S. Marshals within the District of Nevada (D/NV), his home state. His first two years were spent dedicated to the capturing of fugitives and his second two years he spent working protection for the Witness Protection Program (WPP).
In 2008, Mr. Wicker began working for the United States Secret Service (USSS) and assigned to a field office, once again in his home state of Nevada. In his first two years he was bound to the investigative work of the agency (counterfeiting). In his third year Mr. Wicker was reassigned to protection and relocated to Washington D.C. His first protective mission was to protect Vice President Joe Biden as a part of the Presidential Protection Division. Mr. Wicker managed to transfer to the Counter Assault Team (CAT) in 2014 and worked as a Counter Assault Operator for the Presidential Protection Division, more specifically, the POTUS detail for President Barrack Obama. 2016 was the last year Micheal spent working with the United States Secret Service at the James J. Rowley Training Center as a training instructor.