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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 Errol R. Watson, U.S. Marshals Service (415) 748-2797;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
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

San Francisco, CA –  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.

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 tracking and apprehending the most notorious fugitives, the U.S. Marshals Service has been committed to answering the call of our great nation for justice,” said Hylton.

Some of those challenges to justice included responding to the Whiskey Rebellion under the command of President Washington in 1794; keeping the trains moving during the Pullman railroad strikes in 1894; enforcing court orders related to civil rights and the desegregation of the South during the 1960s, protecting witnesses who testified against organized crime, and securing all high-threat federal trials involving domestic and international terrorism such as the World Trade Center and the Oklahoma City bombing trials, and most recently, the Boston Marathon bombing trial.

“As we mark 225 years of service, our men and women stand ready to continue that commitment,” said Hylton.

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. In fact, in fiscal year 2013 alone, the U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives.

“The United States Marshals Service has become the expert force when tracking fugitives. We have the tools, technology, and investigative expertise that has made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible,” said Don O’Keefe, U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California.

“As we mark this significant milestone of 225 years, not only is it important to reflect on our past, we must look forward to the future. The U.S. Marshals Service along with its law enforcement partners will continue to safeguard and protect our communities,” continued Marshal O’ Keefe.

The Honorable Darrell Steinberg, President of the Pro Tempore of the California State Senate, took notice of the United States Marshals Service 225th anniversary. Steinberg commended the Marshals service for their exemplary record of public service and extended sincere best wishes for success in the future.

“We would like to thank the Honorable Darrell Steinberg and all of the residents of Northern California for their enormous support,” said Don O’Keefe, “This is truly a momentous occasion”.

The San Francisco Fugitive Task Force is a division of the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force and is part of a network of U.S. Marshals task forces across the country.

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


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