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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 Jeffrey White, Deputy U.S. Marshal
District of New Hampshire (603) 225-1632
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

Concord, NH - 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.

New Hampshire’s Governor, Margaret Wood Hassan has declared September 24th, 2014 as UNITED STATES MARSHALS DAY here in the State of New Hampshire. Governor Hassan made this proclamation as the United States Marshals Service celebrates their 225th anniversary.

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.

Here in New Hampshire, the U.S. Marshals are very active in the law enforcement community, working closely with their local, county, state and federal counterparts. In 2002, the U.S. Marshals started the NH Joint Fugitive Task Force. The task force is made up of law enforcement partners throughout the State of New Hampshire, whom work together in an effort to locate and arrest a variety of fugitives. Since 2002, these partnerships have resulted in over 5,801 arrests. These arrests have ranged in seriousness from murder, assault, unregistered sex offenders, probation and parole violations and numerous other serious offenses.

U.S. Marshal, David Cargill, Jr. said, “As we mark this significant milestone of 225 years , I am honored to be the U.S. Marshal here in New Hampshire, being a leader in the oldest federal law enforcement agency in our nation, and working with a group of dedicated professionals that never cease to amaze me on a daily basis.” Marshal Cargill continued, “The U.S. Marshals are just one small part of the criminal justice system, we understand that law enforcement is a group effort and we pride ourselves on being a team player.”

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


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