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U.S. Marshals Service

David Harlow

David L. Harlow, Deputy Director

David Harlow became the Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) in February 2014. As Deputy Director, he is focused on ensuring accountability and excellence, and bringing about successful organizational change.

Previously, Deputy Director Harlow served as the Associate Director for Operations (ADO), managing the USMS Operational Directorate, including Investigative Operations, Judicial Security, Witness Security, Justice Prisoner and Alien Transportation System, Tactical Operations and Prisoner Operations. Before his promotion to ADO in November 2012, Deputy Director Harlow was Assistant Director of the Investigative Operations Division (IOD), overseeing the Agency’s extensive fugitive investigations mission.

Deputy Director Harlow served as Chief of the USMS Sex Offender Investigations Branch from 2008 to 2011. In that capacity, he oversaw the development and deployment of the Agency’s newest investigative program, the Sex Offender Apprehension Program, including national sex offender special apprehension initiatives that focus USMS resources on noncompliant and fugitive sex offenders.

He also oversaw the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC), an interagency intelligence and operations center supporting the identification, investigation, location, apprehension, and prosecution of non-complaint, unregistered fugitive sex offenders, and developed the USMS Behavioral Analysis Unit to assist with prioritizing and targeting non-compliant and fugitive sex offenders and safeguarding USMS employees.

Prior to arriving at Marshals Service Headquarters, Deputy Director Harlow was the Chief Deputy United States Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he was also the Deputy Commander of Operation FALCON III and Commander of Operation FALCON 2007.

Deputy Director Harlow’s career with the USMS began in 1983, as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in the Northern District of Ohio (N/OH). He served in N/OH until 2007, accomplishing many things, including developing the first cooperative fugitive apprehension team consisting of multiple law enforcement agencies in the Toledo Metropolitan area, overseeing the development of the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, and serving as Task Force Commander.

Throughout his career, Deputy Director Harlow has received several awards, including Attorney General’s Awards, Director’s Awards, and several other special act and performance awards. He is an active member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association.

Deputy Director Harlow holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Sean and Brian. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice