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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 Gavin K. Duffy, Supervisory Inspector
Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (240) 508-2424
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

SERFTF LogoAtlanta, GA – 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 90,000 fugitives. Just this morning, the US Marshals Counter Gang Unit arrested seven suspected gang members in a targeted raid in Decatur, Georgia. Additionally, four loaded firearms and large amounts of illegal narcotics were seized during the operation.

With the seamless integration with our state, local and federal partners, combined with the USMS’s fugitive investigation expertise, we have made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible, here in Georgia, or on the other side of the globe” said Chief Inspector Keith Booker, Commander of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFTF).

Since its inception in 2005, investigations carried out by the SERFTF have resulted in the apprehension of over 25,000 violent fugitives in the state of Georgia. Over 1,050 of these arrests were fugitives wanted for homicide. In 2011 the US Marshals Service created several Counter Gang Units at regional task forces to help address the growing issue of gang violence by integrating with state and local agencies and conducting sustained and targeted enforcement operations against violent street gangs.

The Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force has three offices: Atlanta, Macon, and Savannah. The task force covers the whole state of Georgia. The Atlanta Office of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of investigators from all metro counties, the Atlanta Police Department and the United States Marshals Service. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest fugitives charged with violent crimes, gang members, sex offenders, and other felonies. In 2013, U.S. Marshals led task forces arrested more than 90,000 state and local fugitives on felony charges.

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


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