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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 M. Dante Gordon, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Middle District of Alabama (
334) 223-3094
U.S. Marshals Celebrate 225 Years of Service
Nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency continues to build on its legendary origins and extraordinary reputation

Montgomery, AL - Today the U.S. Marshals Service celebrates its 225th anniversary. As the nation’s oldest, most versatile federal law enforcement agency, it continues to build on its legacy of steadfast service and its unique position in the country’s federal justice system.

Marshal Arthur Baylor, stated that for 225 years the United States Marshals and their Deputies have served as the instruments of civil authority used by all three branches of government. Marshals have been involved in most of the major historical episodes in America’s past.

Commemorating this significant occasion, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley proclaimed Sept. 24 U.S. Marshals Day by issuing a proclamation on July 23, 2014.

“We would like to thank Governor Bentley and all Alabamians for their enormous support,” said U.S. Marshal Baylor of the Middle District of Alabama.

The U.S. Marshals Service’s legendary origins began in 1789 when the nation’s first president appointed the first U.S. Marshals.

“When President George Washington appointed the first 13 U.S. Marshals Sept. 24, 1789, his pen marked the creation of an agency that has since played a role in virtually every facet of the nation’s federal judiciary during times of crisis and times of peace,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton.

“From upholding the law in our untamed western territories to enforcing orders related to civil rights, the U.S. Marshals Service has been committed to answering the call of our great nation. As we mark 225 years of service, our men and women stand ready to continue that commitment,” Hylton said.

Today, the U.S. Marshals Service is a force of 5,400 deputies and civil servants who carry out operational and administrative duties as varied as apprehending fugitives, housing and transporting prisoners, protecting witnesses and federal judges, and managing and selling seized assets.

Most notably, the Marshals Service is the federal government’s primary agency for conducting fugitive investigations. Working with its law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels, the Marshals apprehend more federal fugitives than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. The U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives during fiscal year 2013.

“Our agency’s task forces, technology, and investigative expertise have made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible,” said Baylor.

Deputy M. Dante Gordon, Public Affairs Officer for the Middle District of Alabama stated that in 2013, Deputies produced 1,945 prisoners for court and medical appointments. There were over 600 inmates that were transported within the district and out of district. For the same year, Gordon stated that there was an 86% clearance rate of Class 1 warrants, a 103% clearance rate of Class 2 warrants, and a 78% clearance rate of Class 3 warrants. In year 2013 out of 700 violent offender fugitives that were sought, 657 were located and cleared. From the beginning of this year through September 24, 2014, there have been 668 fugitives apprehended and 449 fugitive cases have been cleared which is a 98% clearance rate.

Other district accomplishments include protecting the federal courts and facilities, managing the care and transport of nearly 2000 prisoners yearly, and working closely with all local law enforcement agencies within the Middle District of Alabama. Marshal Baylor said, “As we mark this significant milestone of 225 years, it’s important to recognize the anniversary of the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country and all deputies that wear the “Silver Star” are proud to represent their agency.”

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


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