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September 2014

U.S. Marshals Celebrate 225 Years of Service
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On Sept. 24, 2014 the U.S. Marshals Service commemorated its 225th anniversary. As the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, the Marshals Service occupies a uniquely central position in the federal justice system. It is the enforcement arm of the federal courts, involved in virtually every federal law enforcement initiative.

Established Sept. 24, 1789, when President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act into law, the Service has grown from the 13 original U.S. Marshals to a force of 5,400 deputies and civil servants dedicated to carrying out missions as varied as apprehending fugitives, housing and transporting prisoners, protecting witnesses and federal judges, and managing and selling seized assets. Marking this tremendous milestone of 225 years, the U.S. Marshals Service is proud of its legendary origins and continues its steadfast commitment to answer the call of a great nation.

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