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July 09, 2009

Southern District of West Virginia
Christopher Lair, Public Affairs Officer
(304) 347-5136

USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
Operation FALCON Soars into Southern West Virginia

Charleston, W.V. – Each day in the month of June, teams of law enforcement officers participated in warrant sweeps throughout the southern counties of West Virginia, as well as the rest of the nation, executing outstanding warrants. Following a five-year tradition of success in its national efforts, the United States Marshals Service locally conducted another successful Operation FALCON – Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally.

Led by the U.S. Marshals, Operation FALCON 2009 netted 477 arrests within the Southern District of West Virginia during the entire month of June and cleared 739 warrants. The Southern District of West Virginia’s Operation FALCON combined the collective efforts of more than 60 law enforcement agencies in one of the area’s largest-ever fugitive initiatives, focusing on capturing individuals wanted on felony charges including sexual predators and fugitives wanted for crimes of violence. Over the course of the month-long operation, Deputy U.S. Marshals, teamed with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, in a cooperative effort serving warrants in all 23 counties representing the Southern District of West Virginia.

“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 cooperation and enthusiasm of law enforcement agencies in the Southern District of Virginia during this operation is unprecedented. Our goal as law enforcement officers is to grow in uniformity and to tighten the net on fugitives,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Timothy J. Goode. “We are facing new challenges in law enforcement and must always adapt to overcome sometimes overwhelming odds when faced with the criminal element that places our communities in danger. We have found that the best way we can to succeed in this war on crime is to join forces.

“With our law enforcement partners, law enforcement at all levels is dedicated to a safer West Virginia, nation and world and it shows in this tremendous success. The combined efforts of all the participating agencies and personnel allowed for essential sharing of information, technology and experience cultivated by the collective group.”

Since its inception in 2005, Operation FALCON has made 91,086 arrests and cleared 117,874 warrants. It continues to be the largest and most successful fugitive apprehension effort in U.S. Marshals history. Locally, the Marshals Service and its fugitive apprehension partners have participated in Operation FALCON for the last four years. During those four years, over 1,300 warrants have been closed as a direct result of law enforcement’s cooperative efforts.

Additional information on the Unites States Marshals Service Operation FALCON 2009 can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov/falcon09/index.html