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Operation FALCON 2008: Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally

FALCON 2008  |  Updated July 16, 2008

“This was indeed a unified national effort with a local focus.  By using our authority to swear-in local law enforcement officers as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, we were able to navigate the jurisdictional barriers criminals often hide behind. In short, we leveled the playing field.

"We could say June was not only the beginning of summer but it was the hottest month on record for those who have chosen to run from the law, leaving victims in their wake.

"I want to emphasize that the fugitives arrested were among the most dangerous, and in many instances had been identified by local police and sheriff’s departments as their “Most Wanted.”

"Local communities are safer today because of the hard working men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service and our partner law enforcement agencies. When one thinks of homeland security, we cannot ignore the threat that comes from violent offenders who plague our communities.”

-- U.S. Marshals Service Director John F. Clark


In June 2008, the U.S. Marshals teamed with its partners from federal, state, and local law enforcement to engage in the record-breaking Operation FALCON 2008 (Federal And Local Cops Organized Nationally). This initiative represented the fifth effort in a continuing series of historically successful national fugitive apprehension missions, which have resulted in the collective capture of more than 55,800 dangerous fugitive felons.

For Operation FALCON 2008, FALCON returned to its roots as a nationwide fugitive apprehension initiative with a slight alteration to the original FALCON concept.

Instead of a single, intensive week of operations across the nation, participating U.S. Marshal District Offices and Regional Task Forces chose a week in June 2008 to coordinate the best operational schedule, allowing optimal participation by local, county, state and federal law enforcement partners.

The U. S. Marshals, assisted by federal, state and local law enforcement, arrested 19,380 fugitives and cleared 25,087 warrants as part of Operation FALCON 2008. Collectively, the fugitives arrested during the operation have a history of nearly 94,000 prior arrests.

For more information, refer to the original - FALCON I Operation, the FALCON II, FALCON III, and FALCON 2007.

The targets for the 2008 operation were violent offenders, gang members and sex offenders. Operation FALCON 2008 is a component of the U.S. Marshals Service's Violent Crime Reduction Strategy. is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice