Starfleet Security is the branch of the Federation Starfleet responsible for security aboard all Federation starships and at all Federation starbases and outposts. In addition, Starfleet Security is responsible for providing security at all Federation government facilities, such as the Palais de la Concorde. Starfleet Security is responsible for maintaining and enforcing Starfleet regulations, procedures and policies on all Starfleet and affiliated facilities, outposts, and vessels, and is responsible for setting security clearances for all Starfleet and government personnel and facilities. Starfleet Security often works in conjunction with Starfleet Intelligence.
Starfleet draws proudly upon the traditions of the navies of many worlds, most notably those of
Earth. We honor our distinguished forebears in many ceremonial aspects of our service, yet there is
a fundamental difference between Starfleet and those ancient military organizations. Those sailors
of old saw themselves as warriors. It is undeniably true that preparedness for battle is an important
part of our mission, but we of Starfleet see ourselves foremost as explorers and diplomats.
This may seem a tenuous distinction, yet it has a dramatic influence on the way we deal with
potential conflicts. When the soldiers of old pursued peace, the very nature of their organizations
emphasized the option of using force when conflicts became difficult. That option had an inexorable
way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Today, peace is no easier than it was in ages past. Conflicts are real, and tensions can escalate at a
moment's notice between adversaries who command awesome destructive forces. Yet we have
finally learned a bitter lesson from our past: When we regard force as a primary option, that option
will be exercised. Starfleet's charter, framed some two centuries ago after the brutal Romulan Wars,
is based on a solemn commitment that force is not to be regarded as an option in interstellar
relations unless all other options have been exhausted.