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For Immediate Release

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November 13, 2012 Chris Bozeman, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
San Antonio’s First U.S. Marshals Service Citizens’ Academy
10 Community Leaders Graduate with Honors

San Antonio, TX – The United States Marshals Service, San Antonio Division, hosted and graduated its first ever United States Marshals Service Citizens’ Academy. United States Marshal Robert Almonte for the Western District of Texas invited 10 citizens from the San Antonio community to participate in this 6 week inaugural class. The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy was to provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Marshals Service and the exciting missions with which it is involved.

This evening, the Citizens’ Academy graduated 10 prominent citizens from the San Antonio community. These community leaders came from many diverse fields to include education, business, banking, military law enforcement, local government, and nonprofit organizations. The course curriculum consisted of topics such as the history of the U.S. Marshals Service, Judicial Security, Prisoner Operations, Tactical Operations, Fugitive Investigations, Sex Offender Investigations, Witness Security, Explosive Detection, and Asset Forfeiture. Over the last 6 weeks, multiple students expressed their excitement and appreciation for the Citizens’ Academy. Many were eager and enthusiastic to recommend other leaders in the community for participation in the next Citizens’ Academy.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “Words alone cannot express how proud I am of these students who willingly volunteered their time and effort to participate in this community focused program. This was a great opportunity for members of the community to become more aware about the missions of the U.S. Marshals Service. I truly believe that this Citizens’ Academy created long lasting relationships and we look forward to hosting more academies in the future.”

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

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