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For Immediate Release

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June 03, 2013 Pete Elliott – U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-5855
U.S. Marshals Task Force Celebrates 10th Anniversary

NOVFTF 10th Anniversary LogoCleveland, OH – The U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary of hunting down the worst of the worst criminals wanted in Northern Ohio.

The NOVFTF was first established in June 2003 by U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott as he teamed up with various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in Northern Ohio’s major cities to bring resources together to track down the area’s most violent offenders. The NOVFTF first began operations in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo. Over the last 10 years, the NOVFTF has expanded with teams now also established in Elyria, Mansfield, Painesville and the latest forming in Canton. The NOVFTF now consists of over 110 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with more than 300 law enforcement officers assigned.

Since its inception in June of 2003, the NOVFTF has been responsible for the arrests of nearly 32,000 fugitives and has cleared over 45,000 warrants. Arrests include over 745 fugitives wanted for homicide, over 2275 fugitives wanted for sex offenses, over 3900 fugitives wanted for assault, over 2200 fugitives wanted for robbery, over 1800 fugitives wanted for weapons offenses and over 9000 fugitives wanted for narcotics offenses. The NOVFTF has also seized over 1,180 firearms, over 24,000 rounds of ammunition, over 570 kilos of illegal narcotics and over $2.2 million currency.

Over the last 10 years, the NOVFTF has excelled as one of the highest performing fugitive task forces in the nation. The NOVFTF has received numerous awards for teamwork and performance to include recognitions from the U.S. Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General, Department of Justice, Director of U.S. Marshals, Ohio Senate, Ohio Congress and the National Association of Police Organizations.
Much of the success of the NOVFTF can also be attributed to the great partnerships with local media throughout Northern Ohio. Utilizing programs such as “Fugitive of the Week”, “Toledo’s Most Wanted” and “Dangerous Dozen”, the NOVFTF has been able to locate and arrest many of these hard to find fugitives with the assistance of the media and concerned citizens.

“I am so proud of the Deputy United States Marshals and our local police officers who have dedicated the last 10 years to the pursuit of the most dangerous fugitives throughout northern Ohio. Their hard work is what has truly made this task force a great success,” stated Pete Elliott, United States Marshal for the northern district of Ohio.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED or text keyword WANTED and the tip to TIP411 (847411). Tipsters may remain anonymous and a cash reward may be available. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

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

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