SPOKANE, Wash. – The 20 counties in the Eastern
District of Washington are much safer this month as
local, state and federal law enforcement joined
forces for a month long fugitive apprehension effort
in June. FALCON, the acronym for Federal and Local
Cops Organized Nationally, soared into the district
June 1and by the time the operation was over 210
fugitives had been apprehended and 347 warrants
Operation FALCON 2009, the sixth in the series of
U.S. Marshals Service-led fugitive apprehension
initiatives, partnered Deputy U.S. Marshals with
local police, sheriffs, Washington State Department
of Corrections Officers, and other federal agencies,
each dedicating man power and resources to the goal
of removing as many violent offenders from our
streets and communities as possible while clearing
backlogged warrants from law enforcement’s files.
successful partnership has been bad news for
criminals for the past five years as law enforcement
joined together with community safety and crime
reduction as a common goal, capturing more than
91,000 fugitives during the past five years.
in the Eastern District of Washington targeted
fugitives wanted for crimes of violence, sex
offenders, gang members and narcotics violations.
Participating agencies were encouraged to identify
wanted persons within their communities, who were
then targeted by assigned arrest teams within each
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
The success of the FALCON operations has proven to
be the largest and most successful fugitive
apprehension efforts in the history of the U.S.
Marshals. When law enforcement agencies combine
their resources, the greater good of society always
comes out on top.
“The level of cooperation between the U.S. Marshals
and the local departments is reflected in the 210
arrests that were made in just one month,” said U.S.
Marshal Michael Kline. “The partnership we have with
the local departments is one of our most valuable
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