Operation FALCON 2009:
Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally
Updated July 09, 2009
"I am pleased to announce the results of our sixth
Operation FALCON, a national violent crime reduction
program that aims to make our nation and our communities
a safer place.
Conducted during the month of June, it has set the
record for the largest number of violent criminals to be
captured in a 30-day period. In fact I believe it can be
called the largest law enforcement operation ever
conducted in our history."
-- John Clark, U.S. Marshals Service
In June 2009, the U.S. Marshals
teamed with its partners from federal, state, and local law
enforcement to engage in the record-breaking Operation FALCON
2009 (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally). This
initiative represented the sixth effort in a continuing series
of historically successful national fugitive apprehension
missions, which have resulted in the collective capture of more
than 91,000 dangerous fugitive felons.
As in previous years, Operation
FALCON 2009 was a nationwide fugitive apprehension initiative.
Participating District and Regional Task Forces were able to
schedule their operations throughout the month of June, thus
allowing optimal participation by their federal, state, county,
and local law enforcement partners.
Over a four week period, U.S.
Marshals, assisted by federal, state and local law enforcement,
arrested 35,190 fugitives and cleared 47,418
warrants as part of Operation FALCON 2009, resulting in the most
successful fugitive apprehension initiative in Marshals Service
history. Collectively, the fugitives arrested during the
operation have a history of 138,220 prior arrests.
For more information,
the original - FALCON I
Operation, the FALCON II,
FALCON III, FALCON 2007 and FALCON 2008.
As in prior operations, an
emphasis was placed on the capture of violent offenders, gang
members and sex offenders. Operation FALCON 2009 is a component of the U.S. Marshals
Service's Violent Crime Reduction Strategy.