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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 Barry Golden, Senior Inspector
Southern District of Florida (786) 433-6382
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

Miami, FL – 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 United States Marshals Service for 225 years has been the thread that has held the fabric of our nation and the defenders of our Constitution." said Amos Rojas Jr. United States Marshal for the Southern District of Florida.

On September 16, 2014, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez proclaimed September 2014 as “U.S. Marshals Month”. “Today, Miami-Dade County is proud to honor the men and women of the U.S. Marshals Service, who have served this nation and county valiantly with dedication to justice, integrity, and service” said Mayor Gimenez.

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 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. Nationally, the U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives during fiscal year 2013.
In South Florida, the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force works together with 30 state and local law enforcement agencies in nine (9) counties from Ft. Pierce to Key West to locate and arrest wanted fugitives. In 2013, 840 fugitives were arrested in Miami-Dade County, another 269 wanted felons were arrested in Ft. Lauderdale, 265 fugitives were captured in Palm Beach County and another 361 fugitives were arrested in Ft. Pierce and the surrounding counties. 144 fugitives who had outstanding warrants for homicide were captured by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force in the Southern District of Florida.

In 2013, The U.S. Marshals in the Southern District of Florida managed and transported 18,217 federal prisoners from their detention facility to the federal courts on a daily basis. The U.S. Marshals Asset Forfeiture division in South Florida managed over $97 million dollars’ worth of property which was forfeited as the result of federal civil, criminal, and drug cases prosecuted in the southern district. The proceeds from the sale of forfeited assets such as real property, vehicles, businesses, financial instruments, vessels, aircraft and jewelry are deposited into the Asset Forfeiture Fund and are subsequently used to further law enforcement initiatives.

The Marshals Service looks back on a proud heritage, a tradition spanning two centuries of service to the Nation and dedication to the principals of our Constitution and rule of law. The challenges faced today by the U.S. Marshals are no less demanding than those of the past.

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


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