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July 09, 2009

Eastern District of Washington
Robert Doty, PAO
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065

Operation FALCON 2009 Captures 210 Fugitives in the Eastern District of Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. – The 20 counties in the Eastern District of Washington are much safer this month as local, state and federal law enforcement joined forces for a month long fugitive apprehension effort in June. FALCON, the acronym for Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally, soared into the district June 1and by the time the operation was over 210 fugitives had been apprehended and 347 warrants cleared.

Operation FALCON 2009, the sixth in the series of U.S. Marshals Service-led fugitive apprehension initiatives, partnered Deputy U.S. Marshals with local police, sheriffs, Washington State Department of Corrections Officers, and other federal agencies, each dedicating man power and resources to the goal of removing as many violent offenders from our streets and communities as possible while clearing backlogged warrants from law enforcement’s files.

The successful partnership has been bad news for criminals for the past five years as law enforcement joined together with community safety and crime reduction as a common goal, capturing more than 91,000 fugitives during the past five years.

Arrests in the Eastern District of Washington targeted fugitives wanted for crimes of violence, sex offenders, gang members and narcotics violations. Participating agencies were encouraged to identify wanted persons within their communities, who were then targeted by assigned arrest teams within each geographical area.

“The goal of Operation FALCON is simple – to make communities safer,” said John F. Clark, Director of the U.S. Marshals Service. “Each time we wrap up a FALCON operation in any location, there are less dangerous individuals – and fewer threats to the community – than before we arrived there. That is very gratifying.”

The success of the FALCON operations has proven to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension efforts in the history of the U.S. Marshals. When law enforcement agencies combine their resources, the greater good of society always comes out on top.

“The level of cooperation between the U.S. Marshals and the local departments is reflected in the 210 arrests that were made in just one month,” said U.S. Marshal Michael Kline. “The partnership we have with the local departments is one of our most valuable tools.”

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