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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 Corey Britt, Deputy U.S. Marshal (337) 262-6792
Western District of Louisiana (337) 262-6666
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

Lafayette, LA - 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 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 U.S. Marshals Service, Western District of Louisiana is comprised of offices in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. The following state and local partners have joined forces with the U.S. Marshals in an effort to apprehend some of the most violent fugitives in Louisiana: Shreveport Police Department, Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bossier City Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana National Guard, Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, Alexandria Police Department, Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana Probation and Parole, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Lafayette City Marshal’s Office, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lake Charles Police Department, and Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. Further, US Marshals partner with dozens of other agencies on a part-time basis throughout its coverage area consisting of forty-two parishes.

U.S. Marshals in Western Louisiana have arrested over one-thousand fugitives this year alone, most of which were violent felons wanted on offenses such as homicide, sex crimes, weapons violations, robbery, aggravated assault, and probation and parole violations.

“The agency’s task forces, technology, and investigative expertise have made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible,” said Henry Whitehorn, United States Marshal for the Western District of Louisiana.

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


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