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For Immediate Release

September 24, 2014 John Sanchez, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District Tennessee (865) 545-4182 x261
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

Knoxville, TN – 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.

Commemorating this significant occasion, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed Sept. 24 U.S. Marshals Day by issuing a proclamation on June 26, 2014.

“We would like to thank Governor Haslam and all Tennesseans for their enormous support,” said U.S. Marshal Jimmy Fowler of the Eastern District of Tennessee.

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.

“Fugitive investigations showcase one of the major strengths of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is our ability to coordinate and work together with the local agencies that make up the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force,” said Marshal Fowler. “Federal, state and local agencies working side by side, sharing technology and investigative expertise have made the idea of fugitives escaping justice nearly impossible,” added Marshal Fowler.

In Knoxville, the Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force is made up of officers from the sheriff’s offices for Blount County, Sevier County, Knox County, and Jefferson County, as well as the Knoxville Police Department.

This year, the U.S. Marshals for the Eastern District of Tennessee has cleared more than 800 federal and state warrants on more than 700 wanted fugitives. “And the year is not over yet. At least ten of the arrests made this year have been significant arrests, meaning that the individuals arrested were extremely dangerous and posed a major threat to public safety and the wellbeing of our communities,” said Marshal Fowler. “Together with our local partners, we will continue to protect the citizens of East Tennessee by apprehending dangerous state and federal fugitives.”

In addition to fugitive investigations, The U.S. Marshals Service is also involved in the enforcement of the Sex Offender Registry laws. Under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, the U.S. Marshals Service is the primary agency in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of sex offenders who move from one state to another without registering. “Together with local agencies, we’ve conducted sex offender compliance checks from one end of East Tennessee to the other, from Johnson County to Bradley County. We’ve ensured hundreds of sex offenders are in compliance with registry guidelines and arrested dozens who were trying to circumvent the laws,” said Senior Inspector Derrick Swenson. “In this capacity, the U.S. Marshals Service takes a proactive approach to enforcing the law and pursue the predators who endanger our children and citizens,” he added.

Nationwide, the U.S. Marshals Service apprehended 11,822 sex offenders, initiated 3,607 investigations, and issued 575 Federal Walsh Act Warrants for registration violations during fiscal year 2013. Since January 2009, the Marshals have partnered with law enforcement personnel from more than 3,000 state and local agencies to coordinate and execute sex offender compliance/enforcement operations throughout the country.

Other district accomplishments include protecting the federal courts and facilities, managing the care and transport of nearly 630 federal prisoners and supervising almost 9,000 prisoner moves this year.

“The U.S. Marshals have served and protected our nation for more than 200 years. In the spirit of our agency’s 225th Anniversary, we celebrate our longevity and our commitment to our core values – justice, integrity and service,” said Marshal Fowler.

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


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