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For Immediate Release

September 22, 2010 Amanda Lyons, Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer
District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
U.S. Marshals Celebrate 221 Years of Service
South Carolina – On Friday September 24th, 2010 the U.S. Marshals Service will celebrate its 221st Anniversary of Federal Law Enforcement Service. In conjunction with this historic event, Kelvin Washington U.S. Marshal for South Carolina is hosting “U.S. Marshals Day” at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse located at 901 Richland Street Columbia, SC at 11:00am. U.S. Marshal Washington stated: “This historical event allows for a celebration of the first and oldest federal law enforcement agency. It is an opportunity to recognize the devoted staff in SC for their upstanding service to the citizens of this great state.”

The U.S. Marshals are the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency created by the Judiciary Act signed by President George Washington on September 24th, 1789. The U.S. Marshals Service has grown from the original 13 U.S. Marshals to incorporate 94 Judicial Districts in all 50 states and U.S. territories and a work force of over 4700 employees. The SC Deputy Marshals are a part of this and conduct on a daily basis: apprehension of fugitives, housing and transporting federal prisoners, protecting witnesses and federal judges, managing and selling seized assets, and providing a Joint Fugitive Task Force, Operation Intercept, that allows state and local law enforcement divisions the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service.

This Anniversary event will host distinguished guests to include: U.S. Marshals from surrounding districts, Federal and Local Judges and Judiciary staff, and Governor Mark Sanford. The SC Deputy Marshals will host the Mobile Command Center at the Matthew J. Perry Courthouse.

The media and public are invited to this monumentous event.

More information about the U.S. Marshals can be found on the web at