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For Immediate Release

Contact:
September 24, 2014 Mike Baughman, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal
Western District of Pennsylvania (412) 644-6747
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
 

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 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 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 U.S. Marshal Robert
Forsyth
, the first law enforcement officer in the United States of America to be killed in the line of
duty and the over 200 Deputy U.S. Marshals who have given their all and made the ultimate sacrifice in
service to the U.S. Marshals Service ” Frank said.

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

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America’s Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency