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June 28, 2012 USMS Investigative Operations Division (202) 307-9110
U.S. Marshals Chief Inspector Honored at the 2012 Women in Federal Law Enforcement Awards

WASHINGTON – Laurel Mills, Chief Inspector with the Investigative Operations Division, received the 2012 Women in Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award on Wednesday. Chief Mills was honored for her role in forging a partnership between the U.S. Marshals Service and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). She was the first Deputy U.S. Marshal assigned as liaison to NCMEC.

Chief Mills further advanced that partnership in September 2009, when she assumed the role of Chief Inspector for the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC) and co-located 11 members of the NCMEC Sex Offender Tracking Team to the NSOTC. To date, that partnership has resulted in the arrest of thousands of sex offenders.

The awards, which are presented annually, honor women who are advocates, advisors, and leaders in the continued support of women in law enforcement. Additionally, the contribution of each award recipient must have had an impact on the areas of recruiting, retaining, or promoting women in law enforcement.

“Chief Mills has championed our relationship with NCMEC through tireless work and proven a respected and valuable leader who represents the U.S. Marshals Service with great integrity,” said Eben Morales, Acting Associate Director for Operations. “It is through her vision and dedication to mission that the NSOTC and NCMEC continue to work side-by-side to successfully track, locate, and apprehend wanted sex offenders. I am extremely proud of Chief Mills’ success.”

As liaison to NCMEC, Chief Mills established Operation Pickup, a national initiative that targets missing child cases where a felony warrant is outstanding for the abductor or companion of an abducted, missing, or endangered child. Nine years later, the initiative continues to grow and make a positive impact with more than 365 children recovered.

“The contributions Chief Mills has made to the NSOTC, NCMEC, and missing children cases have been extraordinary,” said David L. Harlow, Assistant Director for Investigative Operations. “The exceptional professionalism and leadership displayed each day has allowed Chief Mills to distinguish herself as a leader for women in law enforcement and a tremendous asset to the USMS, NSOTC, and NCMEC.”

Chief Mills joined USMS in 1991. During her tenure, she served in the District of Columbia District and Superior Courts, worked on two multi-agency violent fugitive task forces, and served as a district liaison for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. She also served as the USMS liaison to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department’s Joint Operations Command Center.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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