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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
July 09, 2009 Jim Hays, U.S. Marshals Service
Little Rock, AR (501) 324-6256 x 239;

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
 
Operation FALCON 2009 Nets 250 Arrests in Eastern Arkansas
 
Little Rock, AR – Following a five-year tradition of success in its national efforts, the U.S. Marshals Service locally conducted another successful Operation FALCON – Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally. Led by the U.S. Marshals, Operation FALCON 2009 netted 250 arrests within the Eastern District of Arkansas in June.

Operation FALCON – Little Rock combined the collective efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies in one of the area’s largest-ever fugitive initiatives, focusing on capturing individuals wanted on felony charges including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for crimes of violence. Over the course of the 30-day operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, arrested 250 fugitives, including four sex offenders and cleared 300 warrants in the central Arkansas area.

“The goal of Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities safer,” said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Each time we wrap up a FALCON operation in any location, there are less dangerous individuals – and fewer threats to the community – than before we arrived there. That is very gratifying.”

Operation FALCON – Little Rock consisted of teams of federal, state and local law enforcement officers, making up separate arrest teams working throughout the operation. Each participating local officer was sworn in as a Special Deputy U.S. Marshal immediately prior to the start of this operation. This special authority empowers them to cross traditional lines of jurisdiction to track down and arrest targeted fugitives throughout the operation.

“Operation FALCON is an example of the cooperative spirit between local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies,” said U.S. Marshal J.R. Howard for the Eastern District of Arkansas. “Operation FALCON combines each of our resources and expands our territories to send a message to fugitives – and that message is – you can not hide, you will be arrested. This is our fifth year for operation FALCON and our most successful – where 250 fugitives were arrested in the central Arkansas area. The dedication and hard work of the local, state and federal officers assigned to operation FALCON ensure that the citizens of central Arkansas have safer communities to live and work in.”

Agencies contributing to Operation FALCON – Little Rock were the Arkansas State Police, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Saline County Sheriff’s Office, Conway Police Department, North Little Rock Police Department, Pine Bluff Police Department, U.S. Secret Service and Office of Investigations with the Social Security Administration.

Since its inception in 2005, Operation FALCON has made more than 91,086 arrests and cleared more than 117,874 warrants. It continues to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history.

For more information on Operation FALCON 2009, please visit www.usmarshals.gov/falcon09/index.html.

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