SPECIAL SECURITY DIVISION

"... To Err is Human; 
To forgive is against SSD Regulations...."

SSD HEADQUARTERS

MISSION:  To investigate and report on any high crimes against the Maquis Forces, or crimes commited by Maquis personnel.  To investigate and decisively dispatch any threat, whether internally or externally to the high level security of the Maquis Forces and the Council. Using conventional or unconventional methods, exploit and eliminate any intelligence gathering attempts of enemy forces on Maquis resources or personnel. Provide special protection to the Coordinator Council. 

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."