Pittsburgh, PA – 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
on 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 1960’s, 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.
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
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 the fiscal year 2013 alone,
the U.S. Marshals arrested more than 110,000 fugitives.
U.S. Marshal Steve Frank reported that in Western Pennsylvania over 500
felons were taken off the streets in 2013 thanks to the U.S. Marshals
Fugitive Task Force. Frank attributed this success to the great support
they receive from their participating agencies: the Pennsylvania State
Police, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Allegheny County
Sheriff’s Office, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Westmoreland County
Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Frank added that due to the joining of resources in the Task Force, it
has made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible.
“As we mark this significant milestone of 225 years we wish to remember
Forsyth, the first law enforcement officer in the United States of
America to be killed in the line of
duty and the over
U.S. Marshals who have given their all and made the ultimate
service to the U.S. Marshals Service ” Frank said.
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