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The Protection Detail assumed this responsibility in the year 2381. Prior to 2381, presidential protection was the duty of Starfleet Security. This change was presumably after the revelation of Admiral William Ross's role in the deposition and subsequent murder of President Min Zife. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals, ST novel: Articles of the Federation, TNG - Cold Equations novel: Silent Weapons)
In 2384, the Protection Detail suffered devastating losses as a result of the Breen Intelligence Directorate's use of remotely-piloted Soong-type androids to attack President Bacco and Gorn Imperator Sozzerozs at a secret summit being held at the Bank of Orion. Numerous agents, including Wexler, were killed when the Breen androids penetrated the bank's defenses to fake an assassination attempt on Bacco and Sozzerozs. (TNG - Cold Equations novel: Silent Weapons)
In August of 2385, the Protection Detail suffered an even greater loss with the assassination of President Bacco at the dedication ceremony for the new Starbase Deep Space 9. Agents immediately rushed to the President onstage, but were unable to protect her from three projectile bullet wounds. Its agents continued to guard the President's body after death. (ST - The Fall novel: Revelation and Dust)