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November 08, 2012 Deputy U.S. Marshal Jeffrey White, District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Join Forces

Concord, NH - United States Marshal David Cargill, Jr. and Hillsborough County Sheriff James Hardy have joined forces and resources in a commitment to the United States Marshals –New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force. This commitment has been in existence since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002 on a part-time basis, but the latest improvement to the task force is a full-time commitment by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

The United States Marshals – New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force was formed in 2002 with agreements with all ten (10) County Sheriff’s, The New Hampshire State Police, and countless other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to work together in combating the warrant backlog within the State of New Hampshire. This allows all of these agencies to pool their resources, manpower and knowledge for the common goal of locating and arresting violent fugitives in an effort to make New Hampshire safer.

“This partnership between the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force is a great match of resources and we look forward to teaming up and apprehending wanted fugitives, “ said Marshal Cargill. “The United States Marshals are extremely dedicated and knowledgeable in the field of fugitive investigations and this pairing; with skilled and experienced fugitive investigators from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is a natural fit. Hillsborough County is the largest and most populated county in the State of New Hampshire and receives a large amount of felony warrants from the courts. Combining our resources and manpower will assist in the reduction of outstanding warrants and reduce the amount of wanted felons on the streets of Hillsborough County resulting in even safer streets”, said Sheriff James Hardy. Hardy continued, “This initiative enhances and expands our long time partnership with the United States Marshals.”

Sheriff Michael W. Downing of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office said “The partnership we have with the United States Marshals Service has greatly enhanced our ability to track down and apprehend wanted fugitives. The collaborative effort is working to make Rockingham County and the State of New Hampshire a much safer place.” The Rockingham County Sheriff’s department joined the task force earlier this year.

The New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force also has a ‘Fugitive of the Week’ program which broadcasts a different fugitive each week on WTPL-FM radio, WMUR-TV, and the Union Leader newspaper. This program has also resulted in numerous arrests due to the outstanding partnership with the public. We hear from the public on a daily basis providing information on the whereabouts of fugitives. We are always grateful to the public who obviously care about the safety and well-being of their communities.

In 2006 Congress enacted the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act (AWA). The AWA replaced the Jacob Wetterling Act and expanded on existing National standards for the registration of sex offenders. One provision of the AWA, provides the United States Marshal Service with the authority to investigate criminal violations of the act. Over the last two years the district of New Hampshire and its task force partners have been involved in 150 sex offender investigations resulting in 27 federal and 41 state convictions.

The United States Marshals Service fugitive programs are carried out with local law enforcement in 94 district offices, 85 local fugitive task forces, 7 regional task forces, as well as a growing network of offices in foreign countries.

The U.S. Marshals are designated by the Department of Justice as the primary agency to apprehend fugitives that are wanted by foreign nations and believed to be in the United States. Fugitive apprehension efforts have expanded abroad with the U.S. Marshals Service offices in Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Colombia. The Marshals Service is the primary agency responsible for tracking and extraditing fugitives who are apprehended in foreign countries and wanted for prosecution in the United States.

Since the inception of the New Hampshire Joint Fugitive Task Force in 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 4,392 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses. “It is this kind of collaborative effort that has proven itself to be highly effective in helping get dangerous people off our streets. We have seen first-hand here in Belknap County how effective the task force is in mobilizing resources that otherwise take considerable time to organize” said Sheriff Craig Wiggins of the Belknap County Sheriff’s Office.

U.S. Marshals – District of New Hampshire – http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/nh/index.html
U.S. Marshals – NH Fugitive of the Week - http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/nh/fugitives/fow/index.html

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

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